Groats are part of a healthy and balanced diet. Nutrition experts suggest that they should be present on our tables all the time. The question is – is it actually safe to consume them? Recently, there have been disturbing reports about buckwheat.
Is buckwheat not as healthy as we thought? It turned out that glyphosate, a pesticide that may cause cancer, was found in some groats of some brands. Marcin Galicki, an expert from the Consumer Foundation, talked about it. Why were some groats contaminated?
FoodRentgen and the Consumer Foundation decided to test the 10 most popular groats sold in our stores for the presence of glyphosate – a herbicide used by some farmers to dry buckwheat and millet. The results of this analysis are disturbing. Only four groats out of ten tested did not contain this dangerous substance, and two of them contained trace amounts of the herbicide. The remaining four products raise serious concerns.
As FoodRentgen reports on its website, “the latest studies increasingly indicate a cause-and-effect relationship between the exposure of the human body to this substance and the incidence of particular disease syndromes. Dr. Andrzej Banach, Naprotechnologist/Gynecologist from Wroclaw, noticed that glyphosate effectively reduces the number of sperm in men working in agriculture.