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Glyphosate in Food: Complete List of Products and Brands Filled with Popular Cancer-Causing Weed-Killer

Glyphosate in Food: Complete List of Products and Brands Filled with Popular Cancer-Causing Weed-Killer
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Don’t you love your morning cereal and milk? It just seems like such a natural start to the day. What’s your favorite brand? Cheerios?

Me too. But now,  I won’t go anywhere near it. Why?

Despite Cheerios being so popular among children and adults alike, and being a super easy snack given to toddlers as young as 9 months old, this “whole grain cereal” brand is the opposite of healthy. The oh so familiar crunchy O’s are made out of almost nothing but cane sugar and cornstarch. Not exactly health foods, if you ask me. Or do you see vegetables, fruits, healthy fats or protein on that list? I thought not.

Even more alarming, Cheerios and its similarly popular food friends, Oreos and Doritos, also contains glyphosate residue.

What is Glyphosate?

Glyphosate is a herbicide that, when applied to the leaves of plants, 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). (1)

This doesn’t sound like something you want on your plate, or in your bowl.

Currently, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) does not test for glyphosate in your food. Though the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was supposed to start testing in early 2016, it was put on hold later that year. (2)

Instead, some private organizations took the matter into their hands. 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. (3)

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. (4, 5, 6, 7) Shouldn’t we all have cancer by now? 

Contaminated Foods (source):

• Granola
– Back to Nature Classic Granola
– Quaker Simply Granola Oats, Honey, Raisins & Almonds
– Back to Nature Banana Walnut Granola Clusters
– Nature Valley Granola Protein Oats ‘n Honey
– KIND Vanilla, Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds

• Instant Oats
– Giant Instant Oatmeal, Original Flavor
– Quaker Dinosaur Eggs, Brown Sugar, Instant Oatmeal
– Umpqua Oats, Maple Pecan
– Market Pantry Instant Oatmeal, Strawberries & Cream

• Oat Breakfast Cereal
– Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal
– Lucky Charms
– Barbara’s Multigrain Spoonfuls, Original, Cereal
– Kellogg’s Cracklin’ Oat Bran oat cereal

• Snack Bars
– KIND Oats & Honey with Toasted Coconut
– Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars, Oats ‘n Honey
– Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip granola bar
– Kellogg’s Nutrigrain Soft Baked Breakfast Bars, Strawberry

• Whole Oats
– Quaker Steel Cut Oats
– Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
– Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats
– Nature’s Path Organic Old Fashioned Organic Oats
– Whole Foods Bulk Bin conventional rolled oats
– Bob’s Red Mill Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (4 samples tested)

Environmental Defence (source): 

– Catelli Healthy Harvest Multigrain Spaghetti
– Cheerios cereal
– Fontaine Santé Roasted Garlic Hummus
– Kelloggs Froot Loops Cereal
– Kraft Dinner Original macaroni and cheese
– PC Blue Menu Tortillas 100% Whole Grain
– Pogo Original (breading only)
– Quaker Large Flake Oats
– Ritz Original crackers
– Sabra Classic Hummus
– The Original Oreo cookie
– Tim Hortons Chocolate Glazed Timbit
– Tim Hortons Sesame Seed Bagel
– Unico Chickpeas

Moms Across America (source):

– Tropicana Orange Juice
– Minute Maid Orange Juice
– Stater Bros Orange Juice
– Signature Farms Orange Juice
– Kirkland Orange Juice

Food Democracy Now! and The Detox Project (source):

– Original Cheerios
– Honey Nut Cheerios
– Wheaties
– Trix
– Annie’s Gluten Free Bunny Cookies Cocoa & Vanilla
– Kellog’s Corn Flakes
– Kellog’s Raisin Bran
– Kashi Organic Promise
– Kellog’s Special K
– Kellog’s Frosted Flakes
– Cheez-It Original
– Cheez-It Whole Grain
– Kashi Soft Bake Cookies, Oatmeal, Dark Chocolate
– Ritz Crackers
– Triscuit Crackers
– Oreo Original
– Oreo Double Stuf Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
– Oreo Double Stuf Golden Sandwich Cookies
– Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips (Frito-Lay)
– Lay’s: Kettle Cooked Original
– Doritos: Cool Ranch
– Fritos (Original) (100% Whole Grain)
– Goldfish crackers original (Pepperidge Farm)
– Goldfish crackers colors
– Goldfish crackers Whole Grain
– Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies
– Oatmeal Cookies Gluten Free
– 365 Organic Golden Round Crackers
– Back to Nature Crispy Cheddar Crackers

Other Brands/Products and Miscellaneous:

– Ben & Jerry’s Ice Creams (source)
– Tampons (source)
– Non-organic cotton clothing products (source)
– Rainwater (source)
– Groundwater supplies (source)

How Much Glyphosate Is Too Much

In an ideal world, you wouldn’t be consuming any glyphosate at all, but only natural whole foods. Though the world is not ideal, the US is still being too generous with its standards. 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. (8, 9, 10)

Why You Should Be Concerned About Glyphosate

Glyphosate is not currently being monitored by the USDA nor the FDA, yet it can be found in your food on a daily basis. So basically, the food you eat is not tested as to whether or not it’s harming your health.

According to the IARC, glyphosate is a carcinogen. Research has found that glyphosate can disrupt your microbiome leading to an imbalance in your body. Glyphosate may lead to disease, including some serious health conditions, such as autism, obesity, IBS, colitis, Crohn’s disease, allergies, heart disease, depression, ALS, MS, Parkinson’s disease, infertility, and cancer. (1, 11, 12)

What You Can Do About Your Health

Eliminating or greatly reducing your processed food intake is the best step as the highest levels of glyphosate are found in these products. Aim to eat organic and non-GMO whole foods. This would include fresh greens, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, and whole grains. Some other easy fixes would be to shop locally. Get to know your farmer and grocer, joining a CSA, grow your own food and stick to home-cooking as much as possible. These are all ways to ensure your and your family ’s health.

How do you feel about this news? What do you think could be done to protect our health? How will you ensure your and your family’s safety? What healthy foods are you cooking this week?

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