The Unexpected Ingredient in Your Oats

It’s not a superfood, and it’s not naturally occurring. It’s a pesticide. According to a report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), almost three-quarters of the oat cereal, oatmeal, granola and oat bars contained traces of glyphosate.

What’s glyphosate?

Glyphosate is one of the most widely used herbicides in the world. It’s the main ingredient in hundreds of weed-killing pesticides.

Are oats safe to eat?

Federal officials report that the levels found in the oats is deemed to be “safe.” However, EWG claims that no level of exposure is safe, as glyphosate was classified as a probable carcinogen in 2015. To reduce your exposure, but still eat your oats, opt for organic oats.

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Nutritional Information (per serving)

Total Calories 183
Total Fat 4 g
Protein 12 g
Carbohydrates 24 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Sodium 328 mg
Total Sugars 6 g

Source: USDA

Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Squares


  • 1 cup low-fat cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup broccoli (chopped)
  • 3 cups brown rice (cooked)
  • ½ cup fresh parsley (chopped)
  • ¼ cup onion (chopped)
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 ½ cups evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • Nonstick cooking spray


  1. Heat oven to 350 F and coat a 9-by-9-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl, combine the brown rice, cheese, onion, broccoli, parsley and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, Worcestershire sauce and evaporated milk. Pour over rice mixture. Mix well.
  4. Pour into the baking dish.
  5. Bake until just firm, about 35 to 40 minutes. Cut into squares to serve.

Makes: 8 servings

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This article is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Readers should contact a health professional for appropriate advice.