Hexane bars and gasoline cheese? More OY for Soy!

I’m sorry to everyone who loves the stuff, I know this isn’t easy to hear, but really, soy is NOT the miracle food that the industry has been pushing on us.  images-16

As I’ve been saying for a long time, stop with all the soy substitue stuff (soy meat, soy cheese, soy milk, soy protein shakes, bars, and infant formula!) The stuff is just more Franken-food in its current mass-produced form. Yet one more example of how manufacturers, eager to cash in on any new trend,  go far and beyond how the original food was intended to be consumed and they create a mega-industry, finding uses for everything from scraps to by-products, finding cheaper and cheaper sources for ingredients, and adding noxious chemicals to process them.

While this is not new information, I don’t think it’s widely understood yet. So, at the risk of seeming, well, a bit zealous, here are MORE reasons to avoid the stuff, if you needed them.

Soy Protein Used in “Natural” Foods Bathed in Toxic Solvent Hexane         images-17

(originally published by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor)

Virtually all “protein bars” on the market today are made with soy protein. Many infant formula products are also made with soy protein, and thousands of vegetarian products (veggie burgers, veggie cheese, “natural” food bars, etc.) are made with soy protein. That soy protein is almost always described as safe and “natural” by the companies using it. But there’s a dirty little secret the soy product industry doesn’t want you to know: Much of the “natural” soy protein used in foods today is bathed in a toxic, explosive chemical solvent known as hexane.

To determine the true extent of this hexane contamination, NaturalNews joined forces with the Cornucopia Institute (www.Cornucopia.org) to conduct testing of hexane residues in soy meal and soy grits using FDA-approved and USDA-approved laboratories. The Cornucopia Institute performed the bulk of this effort, and NaturalNews provided funding to help cover laboratory costs.

The results proved to be worrisome: Hexane residues of 21ppm were discovered in soy meal commonly used to produce soy protein for infant formula, protein bars and vegetarian food products.

These laboratory results appear to indicate that consumers who purchase common soy products might be exposing themselves (and their children) to residues of the toxic chemical HEXANE — a neurotoxic substance produced as a byproduct of gasoline refining.

But how dangerous is hexane, exactly?

Is it something that could be dangerous at a few parts per million? And which soy-based products on the market right now might be contaminated with hexane?

To answer these questions, NaturalNews looked into public documents surrounding Martek Biosciences Corporation, a company that manufactures DHA for infant formula, using hexane for extraction.

We found disturbing details about Martek, including a documented explosion in the wastewater treatment system downstream from the manufacturing plant. This explosion was caused by hexane pollution.

We also found documents revealing Martek’s application for permission to pollute hexane into the environment, as well as a planned emission cap that would put the company just under the limit for being considered a “major polluter” of Hazardous Air Pollutants.

Additional documents reveal concerning information about the safety of Martek’s oils used in infant formula. All this information is being released in tomorrow’s feature story on NaturalNews, so be sure to check back to read that. The remainder of this story focuses on the use of hexane in soy products.

To read more, click the link: http://www.naturalnews.com/026303.html


2 responses to “Hexane bars and gasoline cheese? More OY for Soy!

  1. so they use hexane…

    We’re not talking much here. Just a drop; a drop of gasoline with every meal. Who hasn’t gotten their hands dirty at the gas station and grabbed a potato chip before washing?

    You know it’s happened before

    I was asked by our political director Alexis to write an article covering the current media hooplah about a simple hydrocarbon called hexane.

    here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_18565.cfm

    As a by-product of every petroleum refinery on earth, there is a lot of cheap hexane out there and when you consider how efficient this alkane can be, the idea of just dumping it off the shores of Somalia seems so wasteful. For a while we used hexane as a cleaning agent for removing grease in the printing industry as well as a solvent for rubber cement, but since print media is dead and I’m a little too old to still be sniffing glue, hexane needs another gig. Free showers for the homeless? Clean our bullets for a second go? Glue the streets of Detroit to prevent emigration?

  2. Vegetarians may already understand that it’s a bad idea to eat nut and vegetable oils that are hexane-extracted. Some of them may be into aromatherapy and will therefore surely understand that it’s a bad idea to use essential oils that are hexane-extracted. This is the same concept, only for solid food.

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