Eating Organic Produce Reduces Pesticide Levels in Kids

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Great news for families who buy organic fruits and vegetables. Although some naysayers would like to have you believe that eating organic doesn’t make a difference to your health, a new study published in the October issue of the journal Environmental and Health Perspectives found that it can have a pretty profound effect.

The study found that eating organic fruits and vegetables can lead to a significant reduction in the amount of herbicides and pesticides in kids’ bodies.

Researchers looked at the diets of 20 children in Oakland, Calif. and 20 children in the agricultural community of Salinas. The kids started by eating conventional produce for four days, then organic produce for seven days, and ended with conventional produce again for five days.

While the children were on the organic diet, their urine samples showed a nearly 50 percent decline in two out of six of the most frequently detected pesticides, and a 25 percent drop in levels of a common herbicide. That’s a pretty significant drop!

The researchers add that they’re not suggesting that conventional fruits and veggies are unhealthy, per se. But given the option, eating organic can reduce the body’s levels of pesticides.

What do you think? Do you buy organic produce? Tell us why in the comments section below!

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