In a recent release of test findings, the EWG (Environmental Working Group) tested 37 “conventional, or non-organic, chickpea and chickpea-based samples” and found that nearly 90 percent had detectable levels of glyphosate, a chemical that has been linked to cancer.
Additionally, one-third of the 27 non-organic hummus samples tested blew past the EWG’s recommendation for a daily consumption limit of the chemical-based on a roughly four tablespoon serving.
More than 80 percent of non-organic hummus and chickpea products in independent laboratory tests commissioned by Environmental Working Group contained detectable levels of glyphosate, a chemical used in weed killer, according to the group.
For reference, the EWG has set a benchmark for glyphosate daily consumption at 160 parts per billion (ppb). The Environmental Protection Agency has set it at 5,000 ppb, more than 30 times EWG’s recommendation.
Hummus brands from Whole Foods, Sabra, Cava, and Harris Teeter were among those that exceeded EWG’s benchmark for glyphosate consumption in the study. All samples of the beans and hummus were purchased at stores like Aldi, Costco, Giant, Harris Teeter, Safeway, ShopRite, Target, Trader Joes, Walmart, and Whole Foods.
The health-food staple hummus and the chickpeas it is made from can be contaminated with high levels of glyphosate, a weedkilling chemical linked to cancer, according to independent laboratory tests commissioned by EWG.
EWG also tested 12 samples of organic hummus and six samples of organic chickpeas. Most contained glyphosate, but at much lower levels than their conventional counterparts: All but two were below our scientists’ health-based benchmark, although one dry chickpea sample had the highest average level of all our samples. Glyphosate use is not permitted on organic crops, so these samples may have been contaminated by the chemical drifting from nearby conventional crop fields, where it was likely sprayed as a pre-harvest drying agent.
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