Let’s begin at the beginning – what is glyphosate? If you haven’t heard of glyphosate, you’ve likely heard of Roundup – the Monsanto herbicide recently made famous by the court verdict linking it to cancer. Glyphosate is the active compound in Roundup and is the most widely used herbicide in the WORLD. It’s used to kill weeds for GE crops like corn and soy, and also to speed up the desiccation process for quicker harvesting of foods like oats and wheat (even though it’s not actually an approved desiccant).
Here are a few more reasons why you should care about this nasty little compound being found in your food:
DO YOU CARE YET??
So what’s a girl to do? Studies show that glyphosate residue is found in foods ranging from the obvious (non-organic GMO corn and soy), to the less obvious (oats – even some organic brands!), to the downright mind boggling (Pediasure Infant Formula?!). One thing that’s particularly important to understand is that glyphosate doesn’t just sit on the outside of plants; it is absorbed INTO the plants. This means you can’t just wash it off, and it isn’t broken down by cooking or baking. Since research is still relatively new in this field, and we really don’t know the full picture on how these compounds are going to affect us long term (especially our children!!), I always advise to limit exposure as much as possible.
Here are a few ways to decrease your glyphosate exposure:
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And there you have it, Friends! I hope you learned something today about glyphosate and found a new supplement company to trust with your self-care. And if you’re interested in signing MegaFood’s petition to ban the use of glyphosate as a dessicant before harvest, click here (I know I will be!)
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This blog post is sponsored by MegaFood®, but all opinions are (as they always will be) 100% my own.
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**Ashwagandha is contraindicated during pregnancy. Please consult with a medical professional if breastfeeding prior to adding this supplement to your routine.
(1) Saldana TM, Basso O, Hoppin JA, Baird DD, Knott C, Blair A, et al. Pesticide exposure and self-reported gestational diabetes mellitus in the agricultural health study. Diabetes Care. 2007.
(2) Paganelli A, Gnazzo V, Acosta H, López SL, Carrasco AE. Glyphosate-based herbicides produce teratogenic effects on vertebrates by impairing retinoic acid signaling. Chem Res Toxicol. 2010.
(3) Sophie Richard, Safa Moslemi, Herbert Sipahutar, Nora Benachour, and Gilles-Eric Seralini. Differential Effects of Glyphosate and Roundup on Human Placental Cells and Aromatase. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2005.