Trying to eat clean? It turns out some “natural” foods aren’t as pure as they seem. From fruits and veggies to packaged snacks, many contain hidden chemicals. Take a look at 12 foods that might be fooling you with their healthy facade.

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Store-Bought Apple Juice

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Even “natural” apple juice can be loaded with added sugars and preservatives. It often contains traces of pesticides from non-organic apples used in production.

Non-Organic Strawberries

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Strawberries are notorious for pesticide residues. Non-organic varieties are often treated with multiple chemicals to prevent pests and extend shelf life.

Pre-Washed Bagged Salad

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Convenient but questionable, pre-washed salads are often treated with chlorine washes and other preservatives to keep them fresh, exposing you to unnecessary chemicals.

Farm-Raised Salmon

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Farm-raised salmon might sound healthy, but they’re often fed a diet laced with antibiotics and synthetic pigments to enhance their color, resulting in chemical-laden fish.

Canned Tomatoes

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Canned tomatoes can contain BPA from the can lining, which has been linked to hormone disruption and other health issues. The acidity of tomatoes can cause BPA to leach into the food.

Conventional Spinach

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Spinach is a magnet for pesticides. Conventional spinach often carries high levels of chemical residues, making it less “natural” than it appears.

Packaged Granola

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Marketed as a health food, packaged granola can be filled with added sugars, preservatives, and artificial flavors. Always check the labels to see what’s really inside.

Non-Organic Apples

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Non-organic apples are among the most pesticide-contaminated fruits. They can be sprayed with multiple chemicals to ensure they stay pest-free and visually appealing.

Conventional Peaches

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Peaches have delicate skins that absorb pesticides easily. Non-organic varieties often carry a heavy chemical load, even if they look fresh and juicy.

Imported Grapes

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Grapes from abroad are often treated with pesticides and fungicides to survive long transportation. These chemicals can linger on the fruit, posing health risks.

Conventional Bell Peppers

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Bell peppers are often doused in pesticides. Conventional varieties can carry residues of multiple chemicals, making them less “natural” than you might think.

Non-Organic Potatoes

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Potatoes are often treated with pesticides and herbicides. Non-organic potatoes can absorb these chemicals from the soil, leaving residues that are difficult to wash off.

11 Hidden Dangers Of Artificial Sweeteners

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Are artificial sweeteners really the guilt-free way to enjoy a sweet taste? While they might save on calories, they come with their own set of issues that could mess with your health. From headaches to heart health, we’re taking a closer look at what these sugar substitutes might be doing to your body. Keep reading to get the scoop on the hidden risks of artificial sweeteners and why you may want to avoid them.

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10 Herbal Teas With Benefits Big Pharma Doesn’t Want You To Know About

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Herbal teas have been a go-to for soothing sips for centuries, but there’s more to these brews than just comfort. Packed with powerful health benefits, each cup offers something special, from boosting your immune system to soothing your stomach. We’re spilling the tea on the top ten herbal infusions that might just make you rethink your medicine cabinet.

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