What Do Strawberries Have to Do with ADHD Kids?

A new study by US and Canadian scientists is linking ADHD to pesticide. Researchers found that kids with high levels of pesticide residue in their urine were more likely to suffer from the challenging attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Unfortunately some of childrens’ favorite fruit are the most heavily sprayed with pesticides. Strawberries top the list.

What to do at the supermarket:

For some people, the solution is dead simple – buy organic. For most of us though, this is not an option, as the price is too prohibitive.

But if we reframe the financial consideration, and instead of focusing on just the high price of 2 lbs of fresh berries, think about our overall expenditure on food vs our spending on healthcare, things may even out.

If you’re a longtime reader of this blog, you know where to find hundreds of extra dollars to feed your organic frenzy – switching from soft drinks to tap water…

Just don’t give up fruit because you’re afraid of pesticides. Your kids are much better off with the nutritional benefits of conventional fruit than without.

  • http://foodtrainers.blogspot.com Lauren Slayton

    Oh my, it wouldn’t even occur to me that parents would stop purchasing fruit due to pesticides. I would assume organic would be an easy (yes slightly more expensive) shift or sticking with conventional. Yes, conventional vrs a cookie, conventional wins (and pesticides on the wheat are probably in the cookie too…).

  • BFagundes

    Actually the study said there may be a possible link, but a definite one has not been found. Sort of like when the gov’t screamed tomatoes from CA had e. coli, but it turned out it was actually the peppers from Mexico.

  • http://www.growingraw.com GrowingRaw

    I have one child who loves blueberries and another who love strawberries. I try to buy organic produce whenever we can afford it (by the way we’re lucky enough to be on rainwater – there’s no soft drink expenditure in this house.) However, the price of organic berries (and tropical fruit) makes them a treat rather than a regular. Organic blueberries and strawberries are twice the price of supermarket versions here.

    Last year we started growing our own strawberries and we had continuous casual pickings for about 2 months. That was very nice. Our plants have proved quite hardy once established, and we live in a drought prone area. This year I’ll plant a blueberry bush somewhere, apparently they’re pretty tough too.

  • glg

    It’s not just fruits and vegetables that are a risk to our health. All genetically modified foods (corn, soy, sugar, etc.) are heavily laced with pesticides and should be avoided. These foods are found in every aisle of the grocery store. Buy organic products, not just produce.

  • http://www.livingitupcornfree.com kc

    Fruit is meant to be a treat rather than an every day expenditure. Nutritionally, fruit can’t hold a candle to vegetables and too many parents allow fruit to replace vegetables in kids’ diets. Some parents even allow fruit juice or dried fruit to count as a fruit/vegetable serving. In nature, fruit is very fragile as it is merely a delivery system for the seed allowing the plant to propagate. It has a very small window of freshness before it goes bad. Thanks to modern science we now have strawberries in the dead of winter and fruit that travels over 1500 miles to reach our stores. What must be done to this fruit to ensure that it is still edible by the time it reaches the produce section? With citric acid (GMO corn derivative) preservatives and GMO corn waxes and picking green and then gassing it with ethylene gas (another GMO corn derivative) to ripen it as common practices, pesticides are only part of the problem. How many people are aware that they are eating GMO corn every time they eat a fresh strawberry?