The Best Way to Keep Pesticides Out of Your Body

One week of eating mostly organic food reduced urine pesticide levels by nearly 90 percent.

May 5, 2014

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Do you have a friend or relative who is always questioning organic? Tell them about this new research the next time they ask, "Does eating organic matter?"

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Australian researchers just conducted a study where they split people into two groups. One group ate at least 80 percent organic food while the others ate nonorganic food. Then, the groups switched diets.

To gauge bodily pesticide levels, the scientists tested the study participants' urine for six dialkylphosphate metabolites known to be breakdown products of brain-harming organophosphate pesticides.

The results? One week of eating mostly organic food reduced urine pesticide levels by nearly 90 percent!

This study is on par with others that have found fast and significant drops in bodily pesticide levels when switching to an organic diet.

Need more reason to eat organic? Consider this: Nonorganic farmers are allowed to grow food in human sewage sludge. (That's chemical-laced waste that's left over in wastewater treatment plants.)  

We understand that you may not be able to eat organic 100 percent of the time. But you should know about—and avoid—the most pesticide-laced produce of 2014.