Some Of The Most Popular Products In Your Local Grocery Store May Contain A Deadly Weed Killer
Though you may be aware that glyphosate, which is the main ingredient in the popular weed killer Roundup, causes cancer, it might surprise you to know that many of the most popular products you see in your local grocery store contain residue of this extremely dangerous chemical, RealFarmacy reports:
“Glyphosate is found in many other popular American food products, such as instant oatmeal, bagels, coffee creamer, PediaSure Enteral Nutritional Drinks and even organic bread, cage-free eggs, and organic wines. European products are not an exception either, some best selling German beers were tested for glyphosate residue as well.”
What products? Things such as Cheerios, Oreos, and Doritos. But that’s only three of a much larger list.
Glyphosate, it should be noted, has done wonders as a weed killer and chances are good you may even have a bottle of it around to use in your yard. But the chemical is used more often than most of us realize:
“When applied to the leaves of plants, (Glyphosate) kills broadleaf plants and grasses and is used to ripen fruits and regulate plant growth. It is also an active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. This chemical is used up until shortly before harvest on various crops. Monsanto is infamous for its genetically enhanced (GE) foods, but they use this herbicide even on non-GE foods, such as corn, peas, flax, sugar beets, potatoes, rye, millet, canola, sunflowers, lentils, and soybeans. Glyphosate is categorized as a carcinogen according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).”
A known carcinogen right in your child’s cereal bowl. Does that sound like the sort of thing anyone would want anywhere near their kitchen or dining room?
Even worse, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) doesn’t even test for glyphosate in food. That means that private organizations have had to take the lead when it comes to testing food for glyphosate residue, and what they found is startling:
“Food Democracy Now and The Detox Project have done some testing on 29 different foods and have found glyphosate residue on some popular products, including General Mills’ Cheerios, Oreos, Doritos, Stacy’s Pita Chips, Ritz Crackers, and Kashi Soft-Baked Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Cookies.”
The list of diseases that can be caused by the carcinogenic effect of glyphosate is extensive and includes autism, obesity, IBS, colitis, Crohn’s disease, allergies, heart disease, depression, ALS, MS, Parkinson’s disease, infertility, and cancer.
Ideally, no one should consume glyphosate, but since so many processed foods contain residue of the chemical, you’re probably wondering what levels are safe for human consumption. That, too, is a matter of controversy:
“US regulators set their Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) standards at 1.75 milligrams per kilogram of body weight per day (mg/kg/bw/day). This is much higher than the 0.3 mg/kg/bw/day set by the European Union (EU). Independent agencies such as the US The Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH) recommend 70 times lower levels at no more than 0.025 mg/kg/bw/day ADI.”
What can you do to decrease your risk? First and foremost, eat fewer processed foods since the highest levels of glyphosate are found in them. Instead, eat organic and non-GMO products such as fresh greens, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, and whole grains.
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