Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Pesticides and Sperm Abnormality

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The bad news keeps coming in on pesticides and public health. Last week, On the Brink highlighted news about the World Health Organization report on pesticides and cancer. This week comes news of the linkages between pesticide residues on foods and low sperm counts and irregular sperm in men.

According to the Washington Post, as noted in the Journal Human Reproduction, the sperm count of men who eat fruits and vegetables with high levels of pesticide residues is 50% less than men who eat fruits and vegetables with low pesticide residues. They also have about a third less normal sperm cells and lower volume of sperm ejaculate.

Guys, if this isn't a case for eating organic, I don't know what is.

The Environmental Working Group lists the fruits and vegetables that tend to have the most pesticide residue. They are:
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Apples
Celery
Cherry tomatoes
Cucumbers
Grapes
Nectarines
Peaches
Potatoes
Snap peas
Spinach
Strawberries
Sweet bell peppers
Hot peppers
Kale/collard greens

They also list fruits and vegetables (non-organic) that tend to have the least amount of pesticide residue. They are:
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Asparagus
Avocados
Cabbage
Cantaloupe
Cauliflower
Eggplant
Grapefruit
Kiwi
Mangoes
Onions
Papayas
Pineapple
Sweet corn
Frozen sweet peas
Sweet potatoes

To learn more about the Environmental Working Group, click here.

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