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Is Eating Organic Worth It?

Sometimes it may seem like an abstraction or a broken record… avoid pesticides by choosing organic food. But there may be a part of you that wonders if the reality is overstated. Are there really pesticide residues that end up in our bodies? Does making a switch to organic make a measurable difference? Specifically, are any of the pesticides that actually end up in our bodies Ca2+ATPase inhibitors?

Regarding the first point, 2016 data from the Food and Drug administration shows that approximately 47% of domestic food and 49% of imported foods sampled contained detectable pesticide residue. Biomontoring data also demonstrates that metabolites from pyrethyroid insecticides is found in 70% of urine samples from the 1999-2002.

The good news is that numerous studies have shown that adopting an organic diet can result in substantially lower urinary pesticide levels. Organophosphate pesticides metabolites were reduced by over up to 96% after a week of an organic diet. Metabolites of pyrethyroid pesticides were also reduced significantly after following one week of an organic diet.

Both of these pesticides are inhibitors of Ca2+ATPase.

In short, an organic diet is worth it!