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Pesticides in Produce May Cause ADHD

Posted on May 24, 2010 in National Issues

Findings published in May 16th’s Pediatrics have found a “persuasive” connection between the pesticides used on and contained in fruits and vegetables to the development of childhood learning problems. However, the data found does not directly correlate the two. The data was taken from a government health survey taken during 2000 to 2004 in which 1,139 children gave one-time urine samples and parents were interviewed on their children and whether they had ADHD. The researchers argue that children are more prone to the effects of these pesticides due to the fact that they are growing and their bodies most likely consume more of the pesticide residue than adults relative to size and weight. Pesticide compounds were present in 94 percent of all children tested. Additionally, children who were also listed as having ADHD were more likely to have higher levels of the pesticides in their urine. While the study did not exact the means of exposure for each child, it is assumed that, due to the widespread nature of its presence, it was consumed on food. The study also suggested eating more organic foods to avoid the pesticides. Furthermore, frozen blueberries and strawberries were the foods with the most prevalent amounts of toxins.

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