Widely used to grow corn, wheat, soy, and other crops, today's leading weed killer makes the human body produce and store more fat, according to David Perlmutter, MD, neurologist, nutritional healer, and author of Grain Brain and other popular health books. "It really changes gut bacteria in such a way that the body thinks it's starving and holds onto every calorie as if it's precious, and that might well explain the incredible explosion of overweight and obesity that we're seeing globally" he says. Called glyphosate and sold under the brand name Roundup, this fat-promoting weed killer is also used on home lawns and gardens. Glyphosate is so deadly that our key crops-corn, soy, and cotton-were genetically modified to withstand its killing power, while surrounding weeds die off.
Why Does Weed Killer Promote Fat Gain?
Glyphosate is an antibiotic, says Perlmutter, and it destroys good gut bugs in a way that leads to weight gain-much like antibiotics are used to fatten up livestock. It's also a likely carcinogen.
How to Protect Yourself from Weed Killers
First off, eat organic food as much as possible, as glyphosate is not used in organic food production. And avoid unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions. In addition, Perlmutter recommends:
- Eat foods rich in prebiotic fibers, which nourish good gut bugs. And take prebiotic supplements. Acacia gum and baobab fruit extract are his top supplement choices, as they don't cause gas and will also keep you regular.
- Get probiotics from foods such as kimchi and other fermented vegetables, cultured yogurt, and kombucha. And take a high-quality probiotic supplement.
Did you know?
Acacia gum and baobab fruit are two of the best foods for nourishing friendly bacteria.
Top Prebiotic Foods
- Dandelion greens
- Jerusalem artichoke