Research published in the journal Environmental Pollution found children’s organic food consumption to be associated with a much higher number of tests measuring fluid intelligence and working memory.
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Consumption of organic food among children was associated with higher scores on tests of resistance to fluid intelligence and working memory, published research in the journal Environmental Pollution nakakaplag.
The study, conducted by Spanish-based researchers at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, took an exposome approach to environmental exposures, looking at a whole range of environmental hazards that children encounter, rather than investigate individual lifestyle factors one by one.
As studied by co-author Jordi Júlvez, Ph.D., who said, “healthy foods, including organic foods, are more nutritious than fast food foods. essential for the brain, such as fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants, which together can improve functioning in childhood. ”
The researchers began their study by selecting mother and child pairs who enrolled in The Early Life Exposome Project (HELIX), a pan-European study with projects in several European countries. Nearly 1,300 healthy children aged 6-11 were included in the study, as researchers already had pregnancy data and urine samples stored with participants.
To determine other environmental exposures, home addresses were checked for their level of pollution and proximity to natural space, and children and their mothers were given tests that included a questionnaire of lifestyle factors, including smoking and alcohol use by parents, internal health, the child’s diet, physical activity, and other habits. Both computer and clinical trials were performed to determine fluid intelligence, attention function, and working memory, which combined points as cognition.
The researchers found that children who ate organic foods showed higher scores on measuring fluid intelligence and working memory. Low scores on fluid intelligence tests were associated with children’s fasting diet, house overcrowding and exposure to tobacco smoke. Even smaller scores on memory tests were used in conjunction with exposure to poor indoor air quality.
These results, while interesting, will require further research to clear up other confusing findings from the study. Unexpectedly the researchers found that higher mercury exposure during pregnancy, maternal alcohol exposure and exposure to a PFAS component corresponded to better cognitive performance. While increased exposure to green spaces during pregnancy is associated with less cognitive performance. Scientists show it is “unexpected interactions” that can be “due to confused and Reverse causality.”
The study authors also studied that broader, socio-economic factors may play a role in outcomes. As for the housekeeping, Dr. explained. Júlvez that “the number of people living together in a home is always an indicator of the economic situation of the family, and that contexts of poverty favor a less healthy lifestyle, which can affect of children’s thinking scores. ”
Similarly, the consequence associated with drinking organic food with a higher rate of thinking may indicate a socio-economic situation as opposed to specific food consumption. Organic foods are becoming cheaper, but many families in Europe and the U.S. are constantly torn between providing healthy organic foods for their children and paying for other necessities.
However, prior research can help fill in the gaps in the research from the present study. Lots of studies found that eating a conventional diet to increase in the presence of pesticides and their metabolites in a person’s urine, including the increased body weight of the pesticide from eating conventional foods.
In fact, because of their small size, children carry significantly higher levels of glyphosate and other toxic pesticides in their body. Along with this research is many studies showed that many common pesticides result in developmental problems in children. Recently, a 2019 study in Denmark found that higher concentrations of pyrethroid insecticides corresponded to higher rates of ADHD in children.
There is also strong evidence that organophosphate insecticides, which are widely used in fruits and vegetables in the United States, are dropping children’s IQs on a national and global scale, costing the economy billions in the form of lost brain power.
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Switching from the usual to an organic diet can reduce the pesticide level in a person’s body, with a week of organic food showing a 70% reduction in glyphosate in the body, according to a study. Socio-economic factors play a major role in access to healthy organic foods, and ability to provide a classy environment that allows the child’s brain to develop.
Putting access and cost against a child’s long-term developmental success puts many parents in an inadequate position. While the results of one study can be interpreted in many ways, a continuum of evidence points to organic food providing the nutrition needed to give young minds the start they need in life.
Although eating organic should not be a choice to make – all food should be grown with high quality standards that prohibit the use of pesticides that damage the brain and protect more of the environment. Participating in the Battle of Pesticides while the organization continues to push for that reality.
Originally published on Beyond Pesticides.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Children’s Health Defense.