People are exposed to pesticides through the foods they eat. Organic foods, which have no pesticides, can play a significant role in reducing the amount of pesticides in your body.
To prove that theory, researchers recruited four racially diverse families of three to five people, one family from each U.S. geographic region (North, South, East, and West) and asked them to follow their usual diet for six days, then change their dietary pattern to organic for six days. Research assistants delivered the organic foods, and a licensed chef or caterer prepared the organic dinners. Food diaries were maintained, and a telephone interview was conducted after the test phase.
Additionally, families were queried about use and storage of pesticides at home and proximity to known pesticide locations, such as golf courses. Urine samples collected daily were tested for 18 pesticides. Results, published in Environmental Research, April 2019, showed significant reductions in 13 pesticides.
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