Enjoying that Veggie Burger? It May Contain Chemical Residues
Does this veggie burger contain hexane or not? Check the list to find out.
Mother Jones reports that a study by Wisconsin's Cornucopia Institute reveals that many popular brands of soy-based veggie burgers contain residues of hexane, a poisonous solvent extracted from petroleum.
It seems that many consumers who seek out soy burgers are looking for not just a vegetarian product, but a low-fat product, too. As a result, many manufacturers of veggie burgers remove the fat from the soybeans before making the burgers. The cheapest way to do that is by immersing the beans in hexane, a solvent that has been shown to have deleterious health effects that include skin irritation and neural disorders.
Veggie burgers labeled "organic" are not allowed to contain hexane residues--but here's the rub--if they're labeled as "containing organic ingredients," your burger may still be a toxic chemical free-for-all.
Even worse, many baby formulas also contain hexane residues. It just goes to show, anytime manufacturers tout something as "healthy," you should turn and run. It also goes to show you should be making your own veggie burgers.
Next: The list of safe and unsafe veggie burgers
Burgers Made With Hexane
Amy's Kitchen* Boca Burger, conventional Franklin Farms Garden Burger It's All Good Lightlife Morningstar Farms President's Choice Taste Above Trader Joe's Yves Veggie Cuisine
*--See Amy's response in Comments section.
Burgers Without Hexane
Boca Burgers "Made with organic soy" Helen's Kitchen Morningstar "Made with organic" Superburgers by Turtle Island Tofurky Wildwood
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