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TheDailyMeal: 10 Foods with the Highest Pesticide Residue Levels

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Potatoes

A favorite side dish during the holidays, this starchy vegetable should also be noted for its high level of unhealthy residues. Pesticides play a significant role in the growth of a potato. Before seeds are even planted, insecticides to kill off wireworms are sprayed into the soil. To prevent the spread of blight, seeds are drenched in fungicides. Systemic insecticides that penetrate the entire plant are used when young potato plants are covered with dirt. With 37 possible pesticides, potatoes might make the list of foods to avoid (or at least buy organically).

Alternative: A similar and tasty alternative is the sweet potato, which is low in pesticide contamination and healthier overall.

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