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Is Your Favorite Soy Product Made with THIS Chemical Solvent?

Posted by Administrator on 5/24/2014

Photo Credit:  cornucopia.org

Did you know soybean processors use the chemical hexane as a solvent—a cheap and efficient way of extracting oil from soybeans? 

Hexane is a byproduct of gasoline refining. It is a neurotoxin and a hazardous air pollutant. Whole soybeans are literally bathed in hexane to separate the soybeans’ oil from protein.  Several studies have been published about the neurotoxicity of exposure of humans and animals to hexane, but the most alarming ones link exposure to brain tumors. Currently the FDA sets no limit to the amount of hexane that can be used in non-organic soy products. 

The hexane solution used by food processors to make products like canola oil and soy protein isolate contains n-hexane, sometimes as much as 60%.  Workers who are exposed to it can become very ill. It is also highly explosive, and a hazardous air pollutant.

If you see the words “canola oil, soy oil, corn oil, sunflower, and/or safflower oil” it is likely extracted with hexane too.

Many soy products are made with Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), which is created by extracting from soy at a super high heat and made into a powder before it is “reshaped” into strips, chunks and granules.  Then artificial flavors, MSG, colorings, emulsifiers and thickening agents are added to improve taste and texture.

Hexane extracted soy is found in non-organic veggie burgers, as well as protein bars and protein powders in the form of soy protein isolate, soy protein concentrate, soy lecithin, and textured vegetable protein.

The use of hexane is prohibited in Organic foods, so if you are Vegan/Vegetarian and/or consume soy, we recommend always look for the USDA Certified Organic Seal.

If you believe you have eaten a soy product extracted with hexane and are looking for a detoxification remedy, try Food Additives and Industrial Pollutants by Dr. Recommends.


Click HERE to Download the Cornucopia Institute’s Guide to hexane-extracted soy meat to see if your favorite brand fits the bill.

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