Over a quarter of the fruits and vegetable consumed by a small survey of American kids were found to contain chemical contamination and pesticides, according to a report released yesterday by the Environmental Health News. Researchers monitored the levels of 14 different varieties of pesticides in the foods which were tested — fruits, vegetable and juices.
Past studies which measured pesticide levels found in foods on grocery-store shelves have been criticized for failing to monitor foods that were actually consumed. But in this most recent study, the parents of 46 families with elementary-aged children from the states of Georgia and Washington agreed to prepare two different plates of food for a 24-hour period. One plate was offered up to the kids, the other, completely identical in sample serving and amount, was forwarded to the researchers.
The article points out that the diets of 46 families is hardly an adequate enough sample to make any sweeping, nation-wide conclusions, but it does reinforce what previous studies have shown. The produce our children consume is exposing them to pesticides and chemical contamination. Such exposure has been known to increase the occurrence rate of ADHD as well as increase blood pressure.
It should be noted that over half of the contaminated samples were of fruits and vegetables appear on the 2009 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides, which is a list of the most commonly contaminated produce.
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