Nutrition: An Unwelcome Ingredient in Oats

Oatmeal is a very basic early food for babies and toddlers. But there may be an unwelcome ingredient in the cereal you are feeding to your young ones that you may be unaware of. Most people have heard of glyphosate or at least Round Up, which is the most commonly known weed killer that uses this agricultural chemical. It is primarily used on genetically modified crops, however it can also be sprayed on crops like wheat, oats and bbarley to dry them out so they can be harvested earlier. Glyphosade is known to be linked to cancer as well as to disrupt the gut microbiome, which in and of itself can increase the risk of numerous diseases such as depression, Alzheimer’s and autoimmune diseases.

Rolled oats or oat flakes in wooden bowl and golden wheat ears on stone background. Top view, horizontal. Healthy lifestyle, healthy eating, vegan food concept

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), which puts out the Dirty Dozen, Clean 15 lists each year, many oat products contain residues of this chemical. They found by testing oat-based breakfast products that are primarily marketed to children that 2/3 contained glyphosate in amounts higher than what is considered “safe.” Testing actually revealed 43 out of 45 products made with conventionally grown oats tested positive for glyphosate and 31 of those products had levels higher than the EWG scientists find to be protective of children’s health.

Glyphosate has even been found in PediaSure Enteral Formula, which is given to infants and children via feeding tubes. Thirty percent of the samples tested contained levels far higher than have been found to destroy gut bacteria in chickens. Let that sink in for a moment.

So what should you do? My strong recommendation is to be sure to choose only certified organic oat products for your children and for yourself. Since glyphosate is a synthetic herbicide, it is not allowed to be used on organic crops. That being said, it is in the air, ground water and soil so there will be some contamination even in organic oats, but significantly lower levels than products made with conventionally grown grains. Every little effort to reduce exposure, especially in our children, will make a positive difference. There are a few brands, like Bob’s Red Mill, whose suppliers no longer use glyphosate as a pre-harvest dessicant.

It is encouraging to know that levels of this chemical in people’s bodies drop quickly within a few days of transitioning to an organic diet, so I would strongly encourage you to replace any conventionally produced oat products with organic as you are able.

Do you or your children eat oats regularly? Are they organic or conventionally produced.

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9 Responses to Nutrition: An Unwelcome Ingredient in Oats

  1. Terry L Palmer says:

    Thanks. What would this ol’ papa do without my ol’ papa’s oatmeal? My goodness, wonder if the benefits outwhey the bad?

    • amusico says:

      You do not have to give up your beloved oatmeal – just choose organic so there is less contamination. In this case especially if
      you eat it daily, the benefits won’t outweigh the negatives since glyphosate builds up in the tissues of the body.

  2. JD Wininger says:

    As a farmer/rancher, and as a licensed pesticide applicator, I’ll reserve my comments regarding glyphosate. Like any manmade thing, there can be abuses; and one has to wonder if the global demand to produce more, faster is a driver. I sometimes think that man’s greed is the major factor in choosing to use what is meant for good in bad ways. This is a great example Ms. Ann. Thank you as always for sharing truth and helpful information ma’am.

    • amusico says:

      I think the fact that it’s used to speed drying of the grains so they can get to market more quickly – despite the dangers – is a big
      problem in my eyes. I am always open to your take on these issues my friend and appreciate you.

  3. Holly Scherer says:

    WOW! I’d heard this about oats but didn’t realize how horrible the test results were. Truly terrifying. Because of its use as a desiccant, we buy organic with all of our grains. The great thing about this food category is that there isn’t much of a price difference between the two. Thanks again for more food for thought, Ann. 🙂

  4. Debbie Wilson says:

    So sad that many healthy foods have been contaminated. Thanks for the warning.

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