The Dirty Truth About Your Salad Lunch

Spinach salad with cucumber and tomato
Spinach salad with cucumber and tomato Claudia Totir / Getty Images

Listen up, salad eaters: Spinach has two times the pesticide residue of other crops, while at least four different pesticides can be found on a single tomato, according to new guidance from the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (see the full list here).

Studies suggest that men who eat more high-residue produce have poorer sperm quality.

What Does ‘Certified Organic” Food Really Mean?

Choose organic for produce like strawberries, celery, and apples, where you eat the whole thing. But if it has a protective outer shell, such as mangoes, corn, and avocados, you’re probably OK with conventional.