This is a scary wake-up call. A breakfast cereal sold in Minnesota and Wisconsin has been linked to cancer, a new study shows. Not only is this breakfast cereal sold in our area, it is one of the most popular cereals there is.

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What Cereal Has Been Linked To Cancer?

This new study, which was released by the Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology and shared by online publication Nature this month. According to this new study, Cheerios has been found with a cancer-causing chemical. Quaker Oats were also named.

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The types of Cheerios included within this umbrella include the following:

  • Regular Cheerios
  • Honey Nut Cheerios
  • Cheerios Oat Crunch Oats n' Honey
  • Frosted Cheerios.

It also includes several Quaker Oats products, including the following:

  • Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
  • Quaker Instant Oatmeal Maple & Brown Sugar
  • Quaker Chewy Dark Chocolate Chunk
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What Chemical Was Found + Linked To Cancer?

The chemical at the heart of this study is Chlormequat, which according to this study, has been linked to 'reproductive and fertility issues' in tests with animals. Chlormequat is a chloride salt and used on plants in greenhouses and nurseries, per this report.

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The chemical also had scary side effects when tested in animals, including reproductive problems, reduced fertility, delayed puberty, impacted embryonic growth and 'adverse effects' on postnatal health.

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