In a 2006 a study performed at Emory University (Chensheng Lu), 23 schoolchildren were first given regular food and organophosphate metabolites appeared in their urine. When the same 23 children were fed organic food, the organophosphate metabolites disappeared. Although the pesticide is found on the skin of the fruit or vegetables, it is best to wash all fruit and vegetables prior to eating them – even if you do not intend to eat the skin. Otherwise in the process of peeling the skin away, the pesticide can transfer to the fruit flesh and then be ingested. It is recommended that consumers buy organic for the ‘Dirty Dozen’ fruits and vegetables that are felt to carry the greatest pesticide burden …
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Imported Grapes
Much of this information, I gained from an informative article written by Nikhil Swaminathan found in the September issue of Psychology Today. I encourage you to buy the magazine to read the entire story.