Popular Florida orange juice brands are tainted with a cancer-causing substance
(NaturalHealth365) We recently reported on the disturbing finding that 100% of breakfast cereal samples tested by the Environmental Working Group tested positive for a known carcinogen. But, today, we’ll focus on the health risk associated with drinking orange juice from the wrong source.
A second round of testing on the most popular orange juice brands reveals a cancer-causing chemical – the herbicide, glyphosate – as the culprit. And one popular brand in particular (Florida Natural) contains the highest amount of this carcinogen compared to all other orange juice brands tested.
How a carcinogenic weed killer ingredient gets inside orange juice
As you probably know by now, glyphosate is the most popular herbicide used by farmers. You may have heard about this carcinogen before in the major recent news story about the trial Johnson v Monsanto.
In this case, a terminally ill groundskeeper suffering from Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was awarded millions of dollars by a California jury after they found Monsanto guilty of distributing products containing glyphosate, including its signature product, Roundup®️.
But thanks to our 24-hour news cycle, most people seem to have forgotten about it. And in the mean time, major companies – including the popular orange juice brand Florida Natural – are still allowing their farmers to use glyphosate on their crops.
The result? This highly-toxic substance is contaminating food crops (like oranges) and making their way onto grocery store shelves – and our breakfast tables.
For instance, the nonprofit group Moms Across America just discovered that Florida Natural orange juice samples contained glyphosate at a concentration of 14.42 parts per billion. This is actually many times the level detected in 2017, which was “only” 2.14 parts per billion.
And with recent research showing that more people are testing positive for glyphosate than ever before, it’s sad to think that the American public is being exposed to this harmful chemical so regularly. Even if the level of glyphosate in some of these products are considered low or ‘non-lethal’ – it should still be considered unacceptable.
Understanding the negative effects of glyphosate on human health and the environment
According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (a branch of the World Health Organization), glyphosate is a definite carcinogen in animals and a probable carcinogen in humans.
In addition to increasing the risk for Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other cancers, research has revealed other harmful effects of this carcinogenic weed killer. For instance, this chemical has been shown to:
- Reduce soil quality, which ultimately decreases water retention, decreases the nutritional density of produce, and increases water usage
- Contribute to the spread of chemical-resistant weeds
- Build up in the fat cells and other tissues of conventionally-raised animals – leading to a dangerous “bioaccumulation” effect that impacts consumers higher up the food chain (us)
- Promote oxidative stress and DNA damage – a known precursor to cancer
- Promote the growth of invasive and toxic green algae
Bad for the environment, bad for crops, bad for you and your family. Staying away from products known to contain glyphosate and other herbicides is one of the best things we can do for our health.
Fortunately, the alternative choice – purchasing organic, locally grown, and herbicide-free foods – is delicious and healthy decision. And, let’s not forget the obvious. We can always pick organic oranges and juice them ourselves.
It’s way better on so many levels.
Sources for this article include:
Food & Nutrition
Natural Health 365
Natural Health 365 is a premium source of trending and popular health-related news, science, testimony & research articles on the most up to date and relevant natural health information. The Food & Nutrition articles found herein are meant to inform and advise our site visitors on eating healthy, nutritious foods and safely using supplements and vitamins to achieve optimal health.
Join thousands of daily visitors staying informed and involved on Natural Health 365! We seek out scientific solutions with proven results and it is our mission to keep you informed! Articles range in topic from the cancer fighting qualities of Olive Oil, to the remarkably high concentration of anti-oxidants found in blueberries, to how to make your own almond milk, to a nutritional comparison of organic vs conventional produce, to an analysis of the health benefits of tree nuts. You can find all of the Food News Articles here
Read Some of Our Most Popular Articles
Artichokes, Olive Oil, Almond Milk, Blueberries
More Food & Nutrition Articles
Fresh Organic Produce Fights Cancer, Susan G. Komen on Organic Foods, Hemp Seeds for Inflammation, Pau D’Arco For Improved Immunity
In addition to exploring health benefits of certain foods, vitamins and supplements, we also aim to connect healthy eating and balanced consumption of dietary supplements to long-lasting health and adding healthy, happy years to your life. For example, did you know that eating Granny Smith Apples on a regular basis can reduce your chance of building up unhealthy gut yeast? Or that ingesting ground hemp seeds can significantly reduce inflammation throughout the body? Perhaps you didn’t know that Fresh Organic Produce has been found to have higher concentrations of key, cancer-fighting anti-oxidants and vitamins than conventional produce? You can find all of that information and more right here on Natural Health 365.
We’d love to know what you’re thinking! Please join the conversation on Facebook, post comments here on the website and feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.
Please use and share the articles you find here with your friends, family and peers.