Study Shows It’s Never too Late to Go Organic

The two biggest pieces of dietary advice you’re likely to hear is to eat lots of fruits and veggies and to ‘eat organic’. But a lot of people struggle with this. For one, there are a lot of places in the US where fresh produce is tough to get or prohibitively expensive (even the conventional stuff). Even if you are lucky enough to live in an area that has easy access to fresh fruits and veggies, organic foods can seem really expensive—sometimes double the price tag of their conventional counterparts.

But eating organic is so important—and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. The Environmental Working Group even releases their annual Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen list to push people towards eating organic when it really matters while saving money on less toxic conventional options.

If you still aren’t convinced that going organic really makes a difference to your health, this study might change your mind.

Freshly harvested organic rainbow carrots

Organic Diet Study

Researchers in California just demonstrated that a mere six days of eating all organic is enough to significantly reduce levels of harmful pesticides in your body.

In the study, four families (with completely different backgrounds) consumed conventional products for six days and had their urine tested. Then, they ate a 100 percent organic diet for six days and had their urine tested again.

The drop in pesticide levels present in their urine between tests was massive. Some of the most affected pesticide levels were neonicotinoids and pyrethroids, which are ubiquitous in our lives and potentially damaging.

These results suggest that the toxins present in our bodies are the direct result of pesticide residue on our diets—which means eating organic really is as important as we’ve been led to believe. It also suggests that our bodies are pretty efficient at flushing these nasties out when we give them the right tools.

Pesticide warning sign on fertile farm land

Why Pesticide Residues Matter

The potential dangers of pesticides aren’t fringe science. Most of these man-made chemicals are widely regarded as carcinogenic, and many have also been associated with hormonal imbalance and neurological disorders.

One pesticide, malathion, has been associated with brain damage in children and animals. The recent organic diet study detected a 95 percent drop in this toxin in adults and children once families went all organic for those six days.

Once again, the research has shown that going organic is valuable to your health. The next step is to actually commit. The more we support organic food production, the more the farming and manufacturing industries will shift to meet our demands.

Before you say, “What’s the point, I’ve been eating pesticides my entire life,” remember that your body has incredible self-healing potential. If you give it the tools it needs, it can scrub those years of toxins out all on its own. It’s really never too late to go organic.

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49 comments

Michael F
Michael Friedmann3 months ago

Thank You for Sharing This !!!

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Ann B
Ann B3 months ago

to expensive, and no guarantee that is it safe for chemicals ----you can NO LONGER believe with all the false advertising

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Hannah A
Hannah A3 months ago

Thanks very much

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Chad A
Chad Anderson4 months ago

Thank you.

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Vincent T
Vincent T4 months ago

Thank you

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Melanie St. Germaine

Heritage tomatoes are soo tasty!

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Paul L
Paul Lundbohm4 months ago

Organic foods are grown WITH the use of pesticides and fungicides. The actual volume of organic chemicals are NOT recorded by the USDA, and because they are less effective than synthetic more is used for a lesser yield. Some are out right scary like Rotenone which kills mitochondria. Natural doesn't mean safe.

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Martin H
Martin H4 months ago

Thank yoo.

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Sara S
Sara S4 months ago

Not only is it healthier, organic food tastes better than food grown with pesticides.

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Ruth S
Ruth S4 months ago

Thanks.

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