Toxic Chemical Found in “Natural” Soy Foods

SOYBEAN BOOKI love soybeans! I eat a couple bags a week. You’ve probably eaten them too. Most sushi restaurants offer salted edamame beans as an appetizer.

Now, normally you’ll find them frozen in the natural foods section of any supermarket. So you’d assume you’re buying a natural, earthy-friendly food, right?

Not always. A new report claims many natural soybeans and soy foods are actually processed with a toxic chemical, but still labeled as natural.

Beyond the Bean: The Heroes and Charlatans of the Natural and Organic Soy Foods Industry, released by the The Cornucopia Institute, found a chemical solvent called hexane is almost always used in conventional soy protein ingredients and oils. Hexane separates soy oil from soy protein and fiber.

Hexane is a neurotoxin and poses serious risk to workers, the environment and anyone consuming foods contaminated with it. Luckily, hexane is not allowed during the processing of organic foods.


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  • Daphne Spurlock  July 2, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Hi! My name is Daphne and I just want to thank you for all the helpful information that you have on organic foods. As for me, I also believe going organic is the best way to go. Do to the fact that it has higher nutritional value than conventional foods.

  • Kylie  July 4, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    I have been into health foods, raw foods, and detoxification for a while now as I have known there have been many toxins in our foods- even ones we felt were safe once upon a time. Its really sad to see this but a true eye opener for many especially when it comes to popular foods, even vegetables! Its really important to find organic and even better and local grower for fresh produce these days.

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