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Soy Burger: Regular or Unleaded???

By • Apr 16th, 2010 • Category: Burger Blog

Finally. For all of us unapologetic carnivores who’ve suffered the tsk-tsk-tsking from “concerned” and “conscientious” friends about the irreparable and unspeakably evil things we’re doing to our bodies with every cheeseburger we suck down, there’s at long last some ammunition to fire back with.

A report released this week by a Wisconsin-based agricultural nonprofit group called The Cornucopia Institute states that 12 leading brands of “healthy” veggie burgers actually contain hexane, a known neurotoxin and petroleum byproduct… of gasoline refining.

Hexane has been called “the dirty little secret of the ‘natural’ soy foods industry.” Apparently, the EPA-registered pollutant does a damn fine job of separating soybeans- used in most veggie burger blends- into soy oil, protein, and fiber.  After the beans take a hexane bath, the separated oil is removed to minimize the fat content in the fauxburgers.  But the hexane residue remains.

And we’re not just talking about a few random mom-and-pop brands of veggie burgers here.  The not-so-organic dirty dozen listed as having used hexane-extracted ingredients includes top dogs like Trader Joe’s, Amy’s Kitchen, Morningstar Farms, Garden Burger, and even Boca Burger (at least the ones that don’t say “Made with organic soy” on the package).

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,” The Cornucopia Institute’s Charlotte Vallaeys told Mother Jones magazine.

The FDA does not set a maximum residue level for hexane in soy foods, and doesn’t even require that food manufacturers test for hexane residues, according to the report.

The effects of consuming foods that contain hexane-extracted ingredients are not known.  However, the EPA says that chronic and long-term and exposure to airborne hexane has been associated with headache, fatigue, arm and leg numbness, muscular weakness, and even blurred vision.

And the militant, healthier-than-thou veg-heads rip us meat-eaters apart for not knowing what we’re consuming??? I’ve put some crazy things on a burger in my day, but refined gasoline ain’t one of them.  I’ll stick with my dead cow.

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