Everyone knows spinach is good for you – or is it? According to the most recent tests conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), about three-fourths of all non-organically grown spinach is contaminated with traces of toxic chemicals, one of which is banned in Europe.
The USDA analyzed 642 samples of conventionally grown spinach and found 7.1 pesticides on average on each. The worst sample of the bunch was found to have 18 different types of pesticides. Of the samples, 16 contained concentrations of toxic chemicals that exceeded the residue limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA). Eighty-three of the samples contained pesticides not allowed for use on spinach.