Just in case you need another reason to opt for organic foods whenever possible, there’s now further proof that organic food consumption will substantially reduce your pesticide exposure.

A recent study, published in the Journal of Environmental Research, found that “participants who ate a diet that was at least 80 percent organic had 89 percent lower levels of dialkylphosphates (DAPs), non-selective organophosphate metabolites, in their urine.”

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If you’re wondering what kind of health impacts this particular type of substance can have, consider this startling point: “Organophosphates inhibit cholinesterase, a neurotransmitter that carries signals between nerves and muscles. Inhibiting cholinesterase can cause poisoning victims to suffocate due to paralysis and cause lungs to fill up with fluid. Children are at an elevated risk for organophosphate pesticide poisoning.” Um, yikes, right?

Besides the slew of other substances found on many conventional foods and the rampant presence of genetic modification in the food supply, this is just one more reason to opt for organic when you can. If you have concerns about the cost of organic foods, consider using one of our tips for saving some serious dough on organic food. And if buying organic is simply impossible due to costs or access, keep in mind the latest data on the 12 most contaminated produce items (and either find them in organic form or steer clear), as well as the “cleanest” 15 produce items, which you can get in conventional form without as much worry about being poisoned by pesticides.

When it comes to food, you and your family deserve the best. If you can do something to avoid consuming dangerous levels of pesticides, do it! This may mean a bit of extra work or a few extra dollars from time to time, but also consider the potential cost of consuming high levels of contaminants in your food over the long run. Which is worse?

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