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Watch Out for Weed-Killers Found in Food, Including Popular Processed Cereals

January 21, 2019

New information on environmental toxins is something we feel obligated to report. Today’s article is something everyone should read, especially if you have kids or grandkids.

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), an herbicide called Glyphosate has been found in alarming amounts in many commercial cereal and breakfast bars. This substance can be incredibly dangerous and has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, breast cancer, and leukemia. The State of California and the International Agency for Research on Cancer both state that glyphosate has been linked to cancer.

Some of the mechanisms of the damage induced by this herbicide include DNA damage, membrane damage, and impaired mitochondria. It may also contribute to kidney disease, celiac disease, nutrient deficiencies, and gut flora imbalances.  There is additional evidence from hospital records that high levels of glyphosate can cause heart issues such as long QT intervals, conduction blocks and arrhythmias. This article will list out where glyphosate is most likely to be found so you can identify the culprits before bring home products that may contain it.

EWG Blowing the Whistle on Monsanto

After government warnings about the serious dangers of glyphosate, Monsanto, a primary producer, assured the public that glyphosate is safe at low levels in food. But contradicting new research finds that this statement is anything but true.

Monsanto’s herbicide RoundUp’s active ingredient of glyphosate has shown to be at levels 18 times greater than what the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has determined to be safe (160 parts per billion) in cereals and granola bars that are consumed by the public, including young children.

Objective Measurement Confirmed Results

EWG, which is is known for watchdog activities on topics such as chemicals in cosmetics and personal hygiene products, chemicals and pesticides in produce, and chemical consumption that could affect people and  animals, conducted the following research.

EWG representatives purchased one to two boxes of different Quaker Oats and General Mills oat products in various grocery stores in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. They then measured out 300 grams of each product for samples and sent them to a glyphosate testing lab in San Francisco. The lab reported their shocking findings back to EWG, who released them officially on their website.

Check out what they found below. Many of these are products your family may be eating right now. Pretty scary stuff.

 Product Sample
Glyphosate in ppb
Honey Nut Cheerios
833 and 894
Cheerios Oat Crunch Cinnamon Cereal 
541 and 1171
Fruity Cheerios Cereal
618
Frosted Cheerios Cereal 
756 and 893
Chocolate Cheerios Cereal 
826
Very Berry Cheerios Cereal 
810
Quaker Instant Oatmeal Apples & Cinnamon
543
Quaker Instant Oatmeal Cinnamon & Spice
128

**Quaker Oatmeal Squares Brown Sugar Oat

breakfast cereal

2,746
Apple Cinnamon Cheerios Cereal
868

Quaker Overnight Oats Raisin Walnut &

Honey Heaven

1,029

Quaker Overnight Oats Unsweetened with Chia

Seeds

1,799

Quaker Real Medleys Super Grains Banana

Walnut Instant Oats

608

 

Now imagine the dosage that a 1 or 2-year-old would get in a month of eating one of these products. Let’s say it’s the instant oatmeal with apples and cinnamon, something that a lot of kids love to eat. The accumulated dosage for the month would be 16,290 parts per billion.

Or let’s say your 5-year-old is crazy about the Oatmeal Squares Sugar Oat cereal and eats one serving daily for a month. His intake of glyphosate is 82,380 ppb. Remember that the safe limit is 162 ppb. The 5-year-old has consumed 509 times the safe dosage while the 2-year-old has consumed 101 times the safe dosage.

How long will it take for the damage to occur? No one really knows the answer, but our goal isn’t to scare you; just to help you educate yourself!

So in the meantime, what can you do? You can try shopping organic to the extent that you feel it’s necessary, and also check the EWG and other watchdog groups for areas of concern. Make sure to further educate yourself on the facts regarding glyphosate, and food products that contain it. By keeping the information fresh in your mind, you’ll be more likely to avoid foods affected by it.

Find out more on the from EWG here

The Facts on Glyphosate

  • Each year, 250 million pounds of glyphosate are used on crops across the nation. Most of this is used on corn and soybeans, but now it’s being used to dry out plants before harvesting such as sugar cane, beans, oats, wheat, barley, lentils, and other grains too.

  • When a cow eats corn and soybeans that have been sprayed with glyphosate, the cow ends up with glyphosate in its body. When you eat the cow, the levels of glyphosate in the meat or milk are then transferred to you.

  • Glyphosate has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer.

  • Glyphosate is an endocrine disruptor. It causes hormone-dependent breast cancer cells to multiply.

  • There’s an increased risk of developing acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in those who used glyphosate on the job for agricultural purposes, compared to those who didn’t use the chemical.

  • Glyphosate is a strong chelator of iron, cobalt, molybdenum, and copper, and can lead to deficiencies of these minerals. These types of deficiencies are often seen in celiac disease.

  • Glyphosate depletes the amino acids tryptophan, tyrosine, methionine, and selenomethionine, which are often associated with celiac disease.

  • The herbicide also causes imbalances in gut flora.

  • Impaired cytochrome p450 enzymes that detoxify environmental toxins is another effect from the use or consumption of glyphosate. These enzymes also activate vitamin D3, catabolize vitamin A, and keep bile acid and sulfate levels at good levels for the gut.

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