Focused on Fitness: Kale named one of the dirtiest veggies

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Beware kale lovers ! The leafy green has just joined an exclusive list that no vegetable wants to be on.

Kale was named as one of the 12 fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residue.

For the last 15 years, the nonprofit, nonpartisan, Environmental Working Group has ranked produce on pesticide contamination levels. Specifically, after that produce has been washed and peeled.

This year’s “Dirty Dozen” are, strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery and potatoes.

In contrast, the produce with the least amount of pesticide residues make up the “Clean Fifteen.” the top three on that list are, avocados, sweet corn, pineapples.

Pesticides are any chemicals that are used to kill bugs, other plants, or rodents that harm produce.

The rankings are based off more than 45,000 fruit and vegetable samples, tested by the Food and Drug Administration, and the U. S. Department of Agriculture.

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