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Apples Top List of Pesticide-Laden Produce

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but how good is that apple if it is laden with pesticides?

According to new report released Monday by the Environmental Working Group, apples are at the top of the advocacy group's list of most contaminated fruits and vegetables.

After testing 53 fruits and vegetables and the amount of chemicals left over after the produce was washed and peeled, the group found that 97.8 percent of all apples tested positive for pesticides and 92 percent of them had traces of two or more pesticides.

Coming in second on the list was celery, with 96 percent of all samples testing positive for pesticides, followed by strawberries in third.

Here is the Environmental Working Group's "Dirty Dozen" list:

1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Strawberries
4. Peaches
5. Spinach
6. Nectarines (imported)
7. Grapes (imported)
8. Sweet bell peppers
9. Potatoes
10. Blueberries (domestic)
11. Lettuce
12. Kale/collard greens

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Could ‘An Apple a Day’ Decrease Risk of Heart Disease?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BOSTON) -- More than one in three adults in the United States have one or more types of cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association.  Now University of Michigan Health System researchers say that adding apples or apple products (such as apple sauce, cider or juice) to one’s diet may lower the risk of developing heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the U.S.

“When rodents prone to obesity were given a higher fat diet -- similar to a ‘typical American’ diet -- and fed a freeze dried powder made from whole apples (roughly equivalent to two medium-sized apples per day), the results showed a heart health benefit that went beyond cholesterol reduction alone,” Dr. Mitch Seymour, a lead researcher on the study, explained at this week’s American Dietetic Association (ADA) Annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition in Boston.

The research team speculates that a reduction in oxidative stress may be a key factor in the perceived improvement of heart health including blood pressure reduction and increased heart function.  Researchers say the antioxidant properties of apples appear to reduce oxidative stress, and consequently, also reduce overall heart damage.

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