It can feel like it’s really inconvenient to eat healthy. In all of life’s busyness, it’s so much easier to stop at a fast food restaurant than prepare a fresh meal yourself. Or when you’re at the grocery store, those frozen pizzas look delicious and non-organic carrots and apples last longer and are cheaper. But what will we look like in 5, 10 or even 25 years? Or worse yet, what are we teaching our kids and the next generation if we fuel our lives with processed foods and chemical laden produce?
Why You Should Remove Roundup From Your Diet
We know that Roundup is a hot topic and either you accept that this weed killer is toxic or you think those against Roundup are making a mountain out of a molehill. But here’s the deal: the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) have both stated that Roundup (glyphosate) has the potential to cause cancer. In fact, 44 scientific studies found that glyphosate exposure can double a farmers’ risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Another issue is that Roundup is registered as an antimicrobial agent in the U.S. which means it kills the bad AND good bacteria in your gut. This could lead to a “leaky gut” where your protective gut lining gets compromised and bacteria and toxins can escape into the bloodstream causing all sorts of problems.
If that doesn’t scare you, then you should know that weeds are becoming increasingly resistant to the current glyphosate (much like antibiotic resistant “super germs” in medicine). So now farmers are having to use more Roundup while scientists are trying to develop harsher chemicals. These massive amounts of Roundup are now also contaminating our air and rain. Where will it end?
3 Steps to Reduce Roundup From Your Family’s Diet
Here are some easy ways to eliminate Roundup from your diet:
- The CFIA, a Canadian federal government agency, tested almost 2,000 foods and found that 29.7% of it contained traces of Roundup. The top five worst foods you should avoid are:
- Buckwheat Products – 100% contained glyphosate with an average of 118 parts per billion (ppb)
- Pizza Products – 97% tested positive for glyphosate, with an average of 152 ppb
- Chickpea Products – 94% tested positive, with an average of 668 ppb
- Bean Flour – 91% tested positive, with an average of 1359 ppb
- Oats 83% – tested positive, with an average of 509 ppb
- Choose organic baby food or make your own with organic product. One third of baby food was found to contain Roundup.
- Read food labels and choose “organic” or “non-GMO” whenever possible.
Using organic herbicides and choosing organic foods doesn’t have to be difficult or extravagant, but every little decision can lead to healthier choices overall. Proponents of Roundup say that little amounts of glyphosate won’t hurt you, but if it’s found in so many food products and in our environment, are we consuming more than we think we are? It’s time to change up our diet for a healthier tomorrow.