Neurotoxin in Your Veggie Burger?

Just when you thought you were doing a good thing for your health and the planet by eating a veggie burger, Mother Jones blogger Kiera Butler reveals the "dirty little secret" of the "natural" soy industry.  She reports on a study released by the Cornucopia Institute that finds widespread use of Hexane in soy products.  In case you're wondering, Hexane is a solvent derived from crude oil that the FDA has deemed an air pollutant and a hazard to workers exposed to it. Butler writes:

In order to meet the demands of health-conscious consumers, manufacturers of soy-based fake meat like to make their products have as little fat as possible. The cheapest way to do this is by submerging soybeans in a bath of hexane to separate the oil from the protein. Says Cornucopia Institute senior researcher Charlotte Vallaeys, "If a non-organic product contains a soy protein isolate, soy protein concentrate, or texturized vegetable protein, you can be pretty sure it was made using soy beans that were made with hexane.
Check out Butler's post for a detailed list of which manufacturers use hexane and which don't. My sophisticated response: EWWWW. 

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