1. Peaches from 10 Foods with the Highest Pesticide Residue Levels Slideshow

10 Foods with the Highest Pesticide Residue Levels Slideshow

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1. Peaches

Telling someone they are a peach may be a compliment, but eating a peach may have some bad consequences. Peaches greatly benefit from the use of pesticides, due to their susceptibility to pests and mold, but their fuzzy skins cause them to retain the chemicals. In 2008, the U.S. Department of Agriculture found 50 pesticide compounds on both domestic and imported peaches. Though most of them were at levels far below the EPA's tolerance standards, scientists were concerned that pregnant women and children may suffer if exposed. Dietary exposure to chlorpyfiros, which is found in 17 percent of conventional peaches, has been shown to cause cognitive impairment in rats.

Alternative: Though the number of calories are hardly comparable, almonds and peaches both contain significantly similar nutrients and vitamins. Thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin E are all present in these two members of the rose family.

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