You're what you eat (Blog 7)

ADHD from eating Veggies?


I loved having a dog growing up because I would be able to sneak my gross carrots and peas under the table and they would miraculously disappear. Or I would one by one hide them under my plate so they would appear as though I was eating them. Needless to say I am not a very healthy eater even to this day. However, when I was growing up my mother made an effort to make sure that all of our fruits and vegetables were organically grown. She was always skeptical when pesticides were used or genetically modified products.

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I remember reading an article in The Washington Post from three years ago discussing the “Hidden hazards in fruits and veggies.” The article mentions a study conducted by researchers at the University of Montreal and Harvard University that suggest even low levels of these chemicals are associated with an increased risk of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in children. They discovered that very nominal exposure to organophosphate could negatively impact children’s behavior and cognitive function.  However, they are not saying that it is a definite correlation between eating fruits and vegetables with pesticides you will develop ADHD, but there seems to be some relationship between the two.

This article was specific to ADHD as an affect of pesticide consumption, however, I am sure there are other health risks that are found to be associated with these chemicals. I believe it to be dangerous to be putting something so unnatural into ones body. It is important as the buyer of a household to be aware of how the produce you are buying was farmed. Although, these are just studies and not proven facts, it is still a possibility that something like this may rise from these chemicals that are not natural.

Youtube video of Karen Roth explaining the problems with pesticides in our food.

 

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5 thoughts on “ADHD from eating Veggies?

  1. Your blog post brings to mind the current debate that is being had about GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Many parents do not want to buy these “artificial foods” for their children because of potential negative health effects. This is similar to your case. While I have never before heard of vegetables contributing positively or negatively to ADHD, I certainly see where you are coming from with Americans being more concerned than ever about the quality of their food and where it is coming from.

  2. I agree and also think its unnatural for our bodies to take in these chemicals and pesticides. People did it in the past, so why cant we? The sad thing about it is most people, even if they don’t want to, consume GMO’s without even knowing.

  3. Its ashamed that there is such relationship, when so many Americans can only afford non-organic fruits/vegetables (if they can afford them at all). This could potentially deter individuals from eating fruits and vegetables now, which can lead to other help problems.

    It seems like many are in a lose-lose situation where you are either eating GMO’s or sacrificing your health in other ways. Do you see any potential solutions to this problem?

  4. “I believe it to be dangerous to be putting something so unnatural into ones body”
    Arsenic, cobra venom, botulism spores, sucrose, penicillin, false morels, rhubarb leaves, raw potatoes, and puffer fish are all perfectly natural and somewhere between mildly to devastatingly toxic. It is not the unnatural nature of pesticides that specifically implies toxicity. Citation needed.
    Further, I would be very surprised to learn that, even if this correlational study is detecting a causal relationship, that this is likely to be a main or even important source of ADHD rather than a distraction. Can you think of any other likely correlates that go with both decreased incidence of ADHD and the propensity to cook only organic food, such as family income, educational attainment of parents, or the extent to which other sources of processed food are available? We could go on. While there may be a causal element lurking deep in this, it is likely so confounded as to be functionally meaningless in this context.

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