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Pesticides May Raise Kids' Risk of ADHD

Study Shows Food Is Likely Source of Pesticide Exposure Linked to ADHD

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According to tests by the consumer organization Environmental Working Group (EWG), seven fruits are among the foods most contaminated with organophosphate pesticides:

  • peaches
  • strawberries
  • apples
  • domestic blueberries
  • nectarines
  • cherries
  • imported grapes

The EWG also found high pesticide levels in five vegetables:

  • celery
  • sweet bell peppers
  • spinach
  • kale
  • collard greens
  • potatoes

The good news is that EWG found 15 fruits and vegetables to be relatively low in pesticide residues:

  • onions
  • avocado
  • sweet corn (frozen)
  • pineapples
  • mango
  • sweet peas (frozen)
  • asparagus
  • kiwi fruit
  • cabbage
  • eggplant
  • domestic cantaloupe
  • watermelon
  • grapefruit
  • sweet potatoes
  • honeydew melon

Weisskopf and colleagues report their findings in the May 17 online issue of Pediatrics.


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