Your breakfast is not complete without a delicious and healthy bowl of cereals. For the children, it’s a source of fibre, energy, and protein. Sadly, most of these popular food products have tested positive for glyphosate.
This is according to EWG who tested more than a dozen brands of oat-based foods to give the people information about dietary exposures that government regulators are keeping secret.
If you’re looking for information about the specific brands that tested positive, then you’ll love this infographic.
It’s a simple list that highlights all the products and product types:
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A total of 45 conventional food samples were subjected to the test. Out of the 45 glyphosate was detected in 43 samples. 31 samples of those products that tested positive were above EWG’s Health Benchmark (160 ppb).
In addition, 16 samples of organic food were also tested. Glyphosate was detected in 5 samples. Interestingly, as it was expected none of the positive samples were above EWG’s Health Benchmark.
Glyphosate in Food: The Test Results Table (ppb)
|Product Name||Sample 1||Sample 2||Sample 3||Total||Average|
|Back to Nature Classic Granola||620||170||790||263|
|Quaker Simply Granola Oats, Honey, Raisins & Almonds||430||400||830||277|
|Back to Nature Banana Walnut Granola Clusters||30||30||340||400||133|
|Nature Valley Granola Protein Oats 'n Honey||220||170||390||130|
|KIND Vanilla, Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds||50||60||110||37|
|Giant Instant Oatmeal, Original Flavor||760||0||760||253|
|Quaker Dinosaur Eggs, Brown Sugar, Instant Oatmeal||620||780||1400||467|
|Great Value Original Instant Oatmeal||450||0||450||150|
|Umpqua Oats, Maple Pecan||220||220||440||147|
|Market Pantry Instant Oatmeal, Strawberries & Cream||120||520||640||213|
|Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal||490||470||530||1490||497|
|Barbara's Multigrain Spoonfuls, Original, Cereal||340||300||640||213|
|Kellogg’s Cracklin’ Oat Bran oat cereal||250||120||370||123|
|KIND Oats & Honey with Toasted Coconut||120||120||40|
|Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars, Oats 'n Honey||340||120||460||153|
|Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip granola bar||120||160||280||93|
|Kellogg’s Nutrigrain Soft Baked Breakfast Bars, Strawberry||30||80||110||37|
|Quaker Steel Cut Oats||530||290||820||273|
|Quaker Old Fashioned Oats||390||1100||1300||2790||930|
|Bob's Red Mill Steel Cut Oats||300||0||300||100|
|Nature's Path Organic Old Fashioned Organic Oats||30||20||50||17|
Summary: Key Takeaways
The Presence of Roundup in our Food
Roundup is a weed killer sprayed on genetically engineered corn and soybeans. But it is also used as a desiccant—a drying agent sprayed just before harvest on oats and other grains.
This is done because glyphosate kills the crop, drying it out so that it can be harvested sooner than if the plant were allowed to die naturally.
For these reasons, glyphosate is likely present in foods other than corn, oats and soybeans. The full extent of glyphosate contamination remains to be discovered.
Most companies that are mentioned would have you believe that, because some of the amounts of glyphosate EWG found in their products are within the limits allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The EPA's current legal limit for glyphosate on oats and many other grains is 30 parts per million, or ppm
Therefore, my question is; is there any safe limit for such a controversial substance? You decide.
What you should do to protect your family:
Switch to organic foods, to minimize overall pesticide exposures, even better developing a gardening culture where you grow your own food.
For farmers and other producers, stop using Roundup as a desiccant. Make use of other safe, environmental friendly alternatives to control the weeds
Talking of friendly alternatives, I asked the gardening community to name their favorite glyphosate alternatives and compiled this list: 13+ Best Glyphosate Alternatives (As Voted by the Gardening Community)
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