Nobody likes to hear that something that tastes so good is actually bad for them. Beer and wine certainly fall into that category, and a recent study just revealed that many popular beers and wines and contain a chemical that is often used in weed killer. In fact, of the 20 different products tested in the study, only one came back without any trace of the chemical.
The chemical in question is called glyphosate. Many might recognize it as the main ingredient that is also found in the popular weed killer Roundup. As it turns out, the levels that were found in the beer and wine isn’t really anything to be concerned about, according to the EPA. The levels were well below the acceptable range.
Also, it isn’t the first time that the chemical has been found in a popular food or beverages. It’s probably not surprising to find that the chemical is frequently used in gardens, so there are traces in many vegetables and foods.
The big reason for concern is that there aren’t any conclusive studies regarding the long-term effects. So, while the levels are considered safe right now, there’s no telling what consuming the chemical is actually doing to you in the long run. Because of that, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (who was responsible for the original test in the first place) is recommending that the EPA ban the use of glyphosates until long-term studies can be conducted to show just how safe or dangerous the chemical really is.
The study was conducted on 14 popular brands of beer, five wines, and a hard cider. The highest content of the chemical was found in Sutter Home wine and came in at 51 parts per billion.
The big question here is just how bad glyphosate is for you. Most product labels state that the toxicity for humans is pretty low as long as the products are used according to the labels. However, other studies have shown that the chemical could potentially cause cancer. Many community organizations have banned the use of the chemical and the biggest brand in the game, Roundup, is currently part of a civil case to determine if it is responsible for causing cancer.
So, the EPA says the trace amounts are safe for us to consume, but who knows what the long-term effects really are.