Sweet corn flakes, cookie sandwiches, salty pita chips... your favorite supermarket junk foods taste like delicious nostalgia, pure comfort in a box. They also probably have just a hint of the weed killer glyphosate, because it was found in tons of popular cereals and snack foods. Surprise!
OK, so no one can really taste glyphosate in foods like Cheerios, but it's some potent stuff. It's the key ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, and the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer labeled it a possible carcinogen in 2015. Now, glyphosate has been found in alarming levels on some of the most popular packaged food brands, thanks to an independent study from Food Democracy Now's Detox Project.
The group looked at 29 pantry staples, and tested them for traces of glyphosate. Of the foods sampled, Cheerios was the most saturated with the herbicide at 1,125.3 parts per billion. Party snack staple and hummus' better half, Stacy's Simply Naked Pita Chips, scored second highest with 812.53 ppb.