It’s Not Just Carbs in Our Cereal

As most people know, there are chemicals and pesticides in our environment and in the food we eat. There is an ongoing debate about the safety of many of these chemicals and what is an acceptable level for human consumption. One pesticide that has been heavily researched is glyphosphate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer.

The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment, has set limits to the amount of glyphosphate it feels is acceptable to ingest, especially for children because of its links to cancer. The EWG just released a report after testing for glyphosphate levels 25 different oat cereals and foods marketed to children. Unfortunately, only 4 of the cereals they tested had levels considered safe for children by the EWG.

We live in a society filled with pollution and chemicals in the air and our food. As consumers, we need to educate ourselves and decide what levels we feel are acceptable to ingest. So, the next time you pick up a box of Cheerios or Nature Valley granola, don’t just look at the fiber, sugar, and calories. Think about how the raw ingredients were grown and processed, because it may impact your health more than the information on the nutrition facts label.

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