Is Something Hiding in Your Veggie Burger?
“Some veggie burgers found to contain harmful substance” read the headline in the Daily News.
“Wow,” I thought, reflecting on the recent increasing number of vegetarian articles and the Meatless Monday campaigns, “this merits a click.”
And as I popped open the following article, my heart began to hurt, as I reflected on having to learn about the chemicals used to grow soy and how many of these chemicals I’d unknowingly eaten during my pregnancies. It certainly wasn’t something I’d ever wanted to know, but I couldn’t unlearn it.
So in an effort to once again inform, inspire and protect women and their families from the chemicals now found in our food supply, I’m sharing this article written by Tracy Miller, a staff writer for the New York Daily News, with the readers of the AllergyKids Foundation.
Because knowledge is power when it comes to protecting the health of your loved ones. And because together, we can create the changes we want to see in the health of our families and our food system. ~Robyn O’Brien
Think you’re being healthy by choosing a veggie burger instead of red meat? Think again.
In an effort to make their products as low-fat as possible, many veggie burger manufacturers are turning to a potentially harmful chemical, according to an investigation by the non-profit Cornucopia Institute.
Most non-organic veggie burgers contain hexane, a neurotoxin that’s also a petroleum by-product of gasoline refining. Hexane is listed as a hazardous air pollutant with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to the report, which called hexane the “dirty little secret of the ‘natural’ soy foods industry.”
To keep down the fat content of energy bars, veggie burgers and other products, food manufacturers submerge soybeans in a bath of hexane to separate them into soy oil, protein and fiber.
Products labeled “organic” aren’t allowed to contain any hexane – but foods that are less than 100% organic, such as those labeled “made with organic ingredients,” may contain the chemical.
Boca Burger and Morningstar burgers labeled “made with organic soy” are not produced using hexane.
The full list of veggie burger and nutrition bar brands researched can be found on page 37-38 of the report. Click here to read.