Healthful Mondays: pesticides = yuck.

© Sarah Lipoff 2010

This morning, while getting my small dose of breaking news from the Today Show, my husband and I caught the snippet about how pesticides can lead to a higher potential for kids to develop Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

This information didn’t surprise me one bit and supported my eating philosophy of supporting area farms and ingesting yummy organic foods as often as possible when they are in season. I understand that not everyone has access to a farmers market or tasty organic foods all year round, but maybe it’s time to search out other options – seriously.

So, this hit the airways today, with several channels telling you to skip the frozen blueberries and eat strawberries in small amounts to keep the risk for ADHD development from over-exposure to organophosphate pesticides low. This may send some families into a tizzy tossing all their fresh and frozen fruits and veggies in the trash while shaking their heads. But, before you start banning those tasty strawberries, hit the local farmers market and talk with your area farmers about their pesticide use and practices. It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about farming with your kids!

If you missed all the fear mongering today, here’s a couple of links to articles and snippets to assist with your future fruit and veg purchasing. Just remember – buy local, eat seasonally fresh items and opt for organic. You might find you are paying more, but the flavor sure makes up for it!

Chicago Tribune

MSNBC

ABC News