The Dirty Dozen: Produce Exposed to the Most Pesticides

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Every time you eat a meal, you consume residues of insect killers and fungicides -- unless you eat only organic foods. Many pesticides disrupt male hormones, new research shows. Yet not everyone's budget allows for buying only organic foods, which typically (not always) are pricier, but also must not be produced with the use of synthetic chemicals, radiation or fertilizers made of sewage sludge.

So to help prioritize your food dollars, here's the current list of the "Dirty Dozen" worst conventionally grown fruits and vegetables to buy, as determined by Environmental Working Group after examining U.S. Department of Agriculture's produce tests. If you eat them, you'll be exposed to an average of 10 pesticides a day.

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