No More Cheerios, Kids!


We all started our little nibblers out by covering their highchair trays with those cheerios.  They were always the popular finger foods our kids were raised on.  Oats are the primary ingredient and the corn starch and sugar they contain come from non-GMO corn and cane sugar.  If this is so, why the concern over cheerios?

Even though they are GMO free, some testing completed at Anresco, a lab registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Admin (FDA), found glyphosate residues in Cheerios and other popular foods.

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide and is the most used agricultural chemical in history.  The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) states it is a probable carcinogen.  The amount in the food is unknown because the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture does not test for it.  They announced in February, 2016 that they would begin testing some foods for this ingredient.  The most reliable testing so far was done via liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry by the Food Democracy Now and The Detox Project, and considered the most reliable for analyzing glyphosate residues.

Twenty-nine foods containing glyphosate were tested where General Mills’ Cheerios contained 1,125.3 parts per billion ppb), Kashi soft-baked oatmeal dark chocolate cookies contained 275.57 ppb and Ritz Crackers 270.24 ppb.  This is considered a wake-up call for all Americans.  Evidence shows probable harm to human health could begin at ultra-low levels of glyphosate, or 0.1 ppb.

The acceptable daily intake for glyphosate is far too high at 1.75 milligrams per kilogram of bodyweight per day.  The European Union recommendation is 0.3 mg/kg/bw/day.  Many popular breakfast foods have been found to contain glyphosate residues.

Along with wheat and oats there are other crops that are commonly desiccated with glyphosate including: lentils, peas, non-GMO soybeans, corn, flax, rye and buckwheat, triticale, canola, millet, sugar beets, potatoes and sunflowers.

Glyphosate causes extreme disruption of microbes’ function and life cycle and preferentially affects beneficial bacteria, allowing pathogens to overgrow and take over.  These diseases include autism, gastrointestinal diseases, obesity, allergies, cardiovascular disease, depression, cancer, infertility, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, ALS and more.

Eating organic as much as possible and investing in a good water filtration system are among the best ways to lower your exposure to glyphosate and other pesticides.  Avoid all desiccated crops like wheat and oats.  You can test your personal glyphosate levels with a glyphosate urine test kit that was developed by the Health Research Institute in Iowa that will allow you to determine your own exposure to this toxic herbicide.

Dr Fredda Branyon

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