Food Is Not Your Enemy


Another Reason to Hit the Greenmarket: ADHD Linked to Pesticide Exposure
May 18, 2010, 9:53 am
Filed under: Chronic Disease, food politics, Fruits, Uncategorized, Vegetables | Tags: , , ,

People love to pooh-pooh organic or famers market fruits and vegetables, saying it’s just not worth the higher cost. But would it be worth it to you to pay more for produce if you knew it would protect your child from developing ADHD?

According to CNN, a new study published in the journal Pediatrics has found that children with above-average levels of one common pesticide byproduct in their urine had roughly twice the odds of getting a diagnosis of ADHD.

Pesticides kill bugs by causing a toxic effect on the nervous system, and unfortunately, those effects can occur in humans as well if they eat conventionally grown produce treated with pesticides.

Consuming organic produce will certainly help. And national surveys have found that the non-organic produce sold in greenmarkets tends to have a much lower level of pesticide residue than the produce sold in mainstream supermarkets.

By all means, do not stop eating fruits and vegetables over this issue. If you can’t afford all organic, all the time, use this list from the Environmental Working Group, which details which conventionally grown produce is the “cleanest” and which tends to be the most contaminated by pesticide residue.

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