Conventionally Grown Fruit and Veg might be Carcinogenic
Chemicals in food can alter our gut health, lead to weight gain and promote disease.
Time to buy organic? Read on.
You might not have heard of the herbicide ‘glyphosate,’ but there’s a chance you have
accidentally eaten it; the weed killer is found in a third of UK bread samples
. It’s the
main ingredient in Roundup, the world’s most popular herbicide.
The World Health Organisation’s cancer agency, IARC, recently found that
glyphosate was ‘probably carcinogenic to humans.’ This follows a string of other
studies linking glyphosate to everything from infertility and obesity to Alzheimer’s
and autoimmune diseases
How Glyphosate Affects Your Gut
If you suffer from IBS, you might assume gluten was to blame, but glyphosate could
be the culprit, according to detox expert Dr. Daniel Pompa:
‘Glyphosate is responsible for putting holes in our guts so denatured proteins can
cross through the lining to our blood, acting as foreign proteins to which our immune
system makes antibodies.
The research is stomach churning; one study suggests that glyphosate promotes the
growth of deadly bacteria in the stomach
, while another shows that at just 0.1 parts
per billion glyphosate destroys gut bacteria in chickens
The good news? The herbicide may soon be banned in Europe.
Last month the EU
Commission was forced to postpone re-licensing of glyphosate until May.
decision came after a public petition signed by 1.4 million people
But the herbicide is only one of 80,000 new chemicals pumped into our environment
since 1900, and many of these chemicals have never been tested for safety.
So what can you do to protect yourself?
Buying organic – and supporting your liver – are two ways you can reduce your toxic
load. Alkaline fruits and vegetables like lemon and beetroot as well as greens contains
the compound sulforaphane
– hello kale, cabbage, broccoli sprouts, pak choi- have
been shown to support our detox pathways, helping usher out the bad stuff while
flooding our body with nutrients.