I was in high school when I first starting hearing about ADD and ADHD. Since then, I feel like I meet someone every day who has it or whose child has it. I thought it was all just in my head, but according to the CDC the number of ADHD cases has risen 3% each year from 1997 to 2006. AOLHealth.com reported the results of one interesting study this morning that may explain the marked increase.
The group of researchers studied just over 1,100 children between ages 8 and 15 and they found that “for every tenfold increase in the urinary concentration of pesticide residue, there was a 35 percent increase in the chance that the child would develop ADHD.” The source of this pesticide residue? Common fruits like blueberries and strawberries and veggies like celery. Yikes!
Apparently, there was also a study done by the government in 2008 that found that more than 25% of frozen blueberry samples and one quarter of all fresh strawberries samples had detectable levels of a pesticide used to deter mosquitoes. What are we feeding our children?
I’ll be the first to admit that cost is king in my house, so I don’t regularly buy organic unless it is on sale. But this new study is seriously making me consider re-prioritizing. I’ve been in class with kids who have ADHD and I’ve seen them suffer. So if there is something I can to do prevent my daughter from struggling, isn’t it worth spending a little extra on produce? I’m thinking yes.
What about you? Will you buy organic, pesticide-free fruits and veggies in light of this new study?
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