By now, I think most people understand that organic food is supposed to be healthier for you. But I think there are still some people who feel that the health benefits are a just a bunch of marketing hype.

Well, this new study suggests that it ain’t just hype — organic produce really does reduce kids’ exposure to some potentially risky pesticides. From the Seattle P-I:

The peer-reviewed study found that the urine and saliva of children eating a variety of conventional foods from area groceries contained biological markers of organophosphates, the family of pesticides spawned by the creation of nerve gas agents in World War II.

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When the same children ate organic fruits, vegetables and juices, signs of pesticides were not found.

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The interesting thing to me was that, after just five days of going all-organic, the organophosphate pesticide markers virtually disappeared from kids’ urine. That’s fast, and a pretty remarkable result, which led the scientists — normally a restrained bunch — to state:

[W]e were able to demonstrate that an organic diet provides a dramatic and immediate protective effect against exposures to organophosphorus pesticides that are commonly used in agricultural production. [emphasis added]

All the more reason to spring for the organic apples.

And in other toxics news: make sure you don’t use boiling water to sterilize your polycarbonate bottles! Apparently, heat can make your bottles leach chemical yuckos (actual scientific term!) into your water. Consider yourself warned.

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