That healthy fruit-filled smoothie you make for your kids may
not be so healthy after all thanks to pesticides in frozen fruit
that may be linked to ADHD.
What kids eat is the leading cause of pesticide exposure and
frozen blueberries and strawberries have been found to contain
levels of the pesticide organophosphate malathion. And, a recent
study shows a possible connection between exposure to pesticides
and the development of ADHD.
study finds frozen fruit contains potentially dangerous levels of
pesticides, which has been linked a higher risk of ADHD.
"The food that most often contained residues were the frozen
blueberries, it's the frozen food that seems to be the worst for
this one item," says Maryse Bouchard, lead author of the study.
"Not all frozen foods contain more pesticides, but we can't really
clean them well and I don't know how well they're cleaned before
being frozen-maybe not as well as a mother would do."
Regular fruit and vegetables also can contain this pesticide and
the study showed that even low levels of pesticides in a child's
body more than doubled the possibility that he would have ADHD.
But Bouchard doesn't recommend eating less fruit and vegetables.
Instead, she recommends washing fruits and vegetables really well,
using a brush. Also, organic food contains less pesticide residue
than regular food and fruit and vegetables from farmers' markets,
even if not labeled organic, often contain less pesticides, she
Children are also exposed to this type of pesticide through
products used to get ride of insects in the home, so Bouchard
recommends against using chemical pesticides in the home of small
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
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