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Soy Protein Used in "Natural" Foods Bathed in Toxic Solvent Hexane
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Posted on 05/20/2009 12:29:09 PM PDT by Scythian

Virtually all "protein bars" on the market today are made with soy protein. Many infant formula products are also made with soy protein, and thousands of vegetarian products (veggie burgers, veggie cheese, "natural" food bars, etc.) are made with soy protein. That soy protein is almost always described as safe and "natural" by the companies using it. But there's a dirty little secret the soy product industry doesn't want you to know: Much of the "natural" soy protein used in foods today is bathed in a toxic, explosive chemical solvent known as hexane.

To determine the true extent of this hexane contamination, NaturalNews joined forces with the Cornucopia Institute (www.Cornucopia.org) to conduct testing of hexane residues in soy meal and soy grits using FDA-approved and USDA-approved laboratories. The Cornucopia Institute performed the bulk of this effort, and NaturalNews provided funding to help cover laboratory costs.

The results proved to be worrisome: Hexane residues of 21ppm were discovered in soy meal commonly used to produce soy protein for infant formula, protein bars and vegetarian food products.

These laboratory results appear to indicate that consumers who purchase common soy products might be exposing themselves (and their children) to residues of the toxic chemical HEXANE -- a neurotoxic substance produced as a byproduct of gasoline refining.

(Excerpt) Read more at naturalnews.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Testing
KEYWORDS: health; hexane; magnesium; medicine; soy
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1 posted on 05/20/2009 12:29:10 PM PDT by Scythian
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To: Scythian

Whew! We needed a new crisis. The old ones are getting stale.


2 posted on 05/20/2009 12:30:33 PM PDT by Obadiah (Obama: Chains you can believe in!)
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To: Scythian
Soy Protein Used in "Natural" Foods Bathed in Toxic Solvent Hexane

I dunno why that headline made me laugh out loud.

3 posted on 05/20/2009 12:32:19 PM PDT by exist
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To: Obadiah

Yeah, the swine flu is so last week.


4 posted on 05/20/2009 12:32:24 PM PDT by HerrBlucher
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To: Scythian

Yuck. I wonder if the Burger King veggie burger has hexane in it? I just had one for lunch.

Practically everything we eat or drink seems to be laced with chemicals, additives, solvents, pesticides, hormones, etc. Whether you are a vegetarian or meat eater you are being exposed to environmental contamination. That’s just life. Unless you raise your foodstuffs organically you don’t know what you are consuming.


5 posted on 05/20/2009 12:32:40 PM PDT by deannadurbin
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To: Obadiah
The old ones are getting stale.

But your soy meal is NOT!
6 posted on 05/20/2009 12:32:46 PM PDT by SpinnerWebb (mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves)
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To: Obadiah

I’m sure many would want to know this information and take such information seriously, if you read the article you will see this is not opinion, this is pretty serious stuff.


7 posted on 05/20/2009 12:33:15 PM PDT by Scythian
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To: Scythian

explosive chemical ?... that explains all that farting.


8 posted on 05/20/2009 12:34:00 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (The plan... 0 in power for life. At least that's what they told him.)
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To: Scythian

Well thank God I just have chicken, beef, pork and whey protein then .... none of the poisonous soy crap for me.


9 posted on 05/20/2009 12:34:38 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (We either Free America ourselves, or it is midnight for humanity for a thousand years.)
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To: Scythian

I got some “natural news” for you pal. The air you are breathing right this very instant consists of nearly 80% nitrogen which is a key ingredient in explosives and fertilizers...


10 posted on 05/20/2009 12:35:14 PM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (The emperor has no pedigree.)
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To: SpinnerWebb

LOL!!


11 posted on 05/20/2009 12:35:32 PM PDT by FlashBack ('0'bama: "Katrina on a Global Level")
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To: Scythian
21 Parts Per Million

And I'm supposed to PANIC over THAT???

12 posted on 05/20/2009 12:36:07 PM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possibility of failure.)
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To: Scythian

Hmmm...I jumped on the soy bandwagon a few years ago, but soon discovered everytime I ate soy I felt ill. I just figured it didn’t agree with me. Maybe the chemical used in the soy production is what made me feel ill.


13 posted on 05/20/2009 12:36:13 PM PDT by dawn53
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To: Scythian

yum


14 posted on 05/20/2009 12:37:03 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Scythian

This s*cks. I need to take soy as part of my hormone replacement therapy.


15 posted on 05/20/2009 12:37:33 PM PDT by Varda
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To: Scythian

I don’t doubt that it’s serious. All crisis are serious.


16 posted on 05/20/2009 12:37:40 PM PDT by Obadiah (Obama: Chains you can believe in!)
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To: Hegemony Cricket

Well then by all means gobble down the soy, such a statement is foolish. It’s funny, take colloidal silver at 10 ppm and people will tell you how dangerous it is but hexane at 21 ppm and they scoff at it, whatever, I won’t post such stories, seems like freepers equate this to environmentalism or something.


17 posted on 05/20/2009 12:37:46 PM PDT by Scythian
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To: Scythian

Damn this stuff sounds like urban, field expedient, bomb making materials!


18 posted on 05/20/2009 12:38:04 PM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: nickcarraway

There’s nothing quite like that Olde Worlde Hexane flavor that Ma used to add to her cookies.


19 posted on 05/20/2009 12:38:30 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Hegemony Cricket

No way!!


20 posted on 05/20/2009 12:38:41 PM PDT by Obadiah (Obama: Chains you can believe in!)
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To: Scythian
I also read tnat margarine (COUNTRY CROCK) I CAN'T BELIEVE ITS NOT BUTTER is almost plastic and causing heart problems. BUY REAL BUTTER,SUGAR ect...

Also the hydroxycut is not getting as much bad press in warning people as it should.

21 posted on 05/20/2009 12:38:41 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Scythian

thanks, bfl


22 posted on 05/20/2009 12:39:22 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: TChris

actually some chemiclas can kill in ppm (parts per million) amounts. it is not just the amount, it is what the stuff is.

I dont know the safe limit for hexane, but dont diss the small numbers, as some stuff is very deadly in small amounts.


23 posted on 05/20/2009 12:40:20 PM PDT by dhm914
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To: Scythian

” -ACGIH Threshold Limit Value (TLV): 50 ppm (TWA), Skin
other isomers of hexane.” The internal organs up take of chemical is at a much lower level than is shown here.


24 posted on 05/20/2009 12:40:26 PM PDT by handy old one (It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims. Aristotlme)
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To: Scythian

Obama’s fault


25 posted on 05/20/2009 12:40:34 PM PDT by NRA1995 (I'd be embarrased to be driving a Yaris....)
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To: deannadurbin

If you put a match to your veggie burger and it bursts into flames, then it has too much hexane in it. ;-)

FWIW, and IMHO there is no such thing a human-digestible “all natural” soy protein. Kidney beans, pinto beans, string beans etc, sure — but not SOY beans.


26 posted on 05/20/2009 12:40:46 PM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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To: deannadurbin

A veggie burger is going to consist of processed foods. It doesn’t take as much adulteration to grind up cow or buffalo or even turkey and mold it into a patty. But veggies are quicker to go to “paste” form than “burger”.


27 posted on 05/20/2009 12:41:35 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (If you like the Dept. of Motor Vehicles, the IRS, and the Post Office, you'll love govt Health Care)
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To: Centurion2000

I think cattle have been fed soy beans for a long time. Don’t know about others.


28 posted on 05/20/2009 12:41:45 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (The plan... 0 in power for life. At least that's what they told him.)
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To: Scythian

Interesting information, thanks for posting it.


29 posted on 05/20/2009 12:41:54 PM PDT by WestCoastGal (The problem with socialism is that you eventually, run out of other people’s money Margaret Thatche)
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To: Scythian
So why am I suspicious that maybe NaturalNews is funded by the meat packing industry.
30 posted on 05/20/2009 12:41:59 PM PDT by dblshot
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To: Obadiah

Way!

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_most_abundant_elements_in_the_air


31 posted on 05/20/2009 12:42:06 PM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (The emperor has no pedigree.)
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To: Scythian

That’s nothing. Bottled water contains a massive amount of dihydrogen monoxide. If just a little bit of that stuff gets into your lungs, you’re dead.


32 posted on 05/20/2009 12:43:19 PM PDT by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: martin_fierro
There’s nothing quite like that Olde Worlde Hexane flavor that Ma used to add to her cookies.

Read up on our foodstuffs of the 1800s. The "good olde days".

Cheese may actually have been soap and milk was watery chalk dust.

The ChiComs have nothing on the old American hucksters.

33 posted on 05/20/2009 12:43:57 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (If you like the Dept. of Motor Vehicles, the IRS, and the Post Office, you'll love govt Health Care)
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To: Hegemony Cricket

Don’t tell the government!


34 posted on 05/20/2009 12:44:20 PM PDT by Obadiah (Obama: Chains you can believe in!)
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To: dblshot

Hexane...It’s what’s for dinner.


35 posted on 05/20/2009 12:45:00 PM PDT by FlashBack ('0'bama: "Katrina on a Global Level")
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To: dblshot

Hardly, Mike Adams is behind Natural News, in my opinion the guy rocks and were lucky to have someone doing what he is doing.

http://www.healthranger.org/bio.html

Mike Adams is no stranger to traditional Western medicine. The son of a Pfizer contractor and a clinical trial tester for some of America’s biggest pharmaceutical companies, Mike grew up using prescribed pharmaceuticals, trusting doctors and believing what the FDA reported was safe and in the best interests of the country. All that would change when Mike was faced with his own personal health emergency, and the pillars of medicine he once trusted came crumbling down before him.

Mike began his mission as the Health Ranger as a response to his own failing health. At the age of 30, he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a disease brought on by poor diet and severe lack of exercise. As a high-powered software executive, extreme levels of stress and cholesterol, depression and chronic back pain were common features of Mike’s past.

Searching for answers to his health woes, Mike dove into research; he devoured thousands of books on nutrition, pharmaceutical drugs, wellness programs, the politics of food - anything he could find.

Mike has now made it his life mission to share the most remarkable discovery he made on his quest: the vast majority of all diseases can be easily prevented and even cured without drugs or surgery.

And that’s exactly what Mike did. He cured himself of diabetes in a matter of months and transformed himself into the picture of perfect health in mind, body and spirit.

How Mike Adams transformed his own health

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Through his own program of outstanding nutrition, careful food choice, and the outright avoidance of a few key dangerous ingredients (you can see them all covered in his book, Grocery Warning), he was able to dramatically revolutionize his own health.

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To prove these results, Mike had his blood chemistry analyzed by a local medical lab, and posted all his results online for everyone to see. All results are 100% verifiable and on-file with his naturopathic doctor.

Real answers for lifelong health

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Carrying the torch

Since then, Mike has founded NaturalNews.com, an online news source covering all areas of personal and planetary wellness from nutrition to renewable energy. Here, he’s written thousands of articles and built a following of over 800,000 people across the globe.

Mike has also founded a non-profit organization, The Consumer Wellness Center, an online retail center, Better Life Goods, and the popular publishing company, Truth Publishing. Mike speaks frequently at national and local gatherings like the Amazon Herb Summit and the Raw Foods Challenge in Los Angeles.

Speaking from personal experience and extensive research, Mike has touched the hearts and changed the lives of thousands of people around the world. Adams is a raw foods enthusiast, an organic gardener, and a holistic nutritionist. He eats no processed foods, dairy, sugar, meat from mammals or food products containing additives such as MSG.

Adams has been called “the best health and natural products writer on the scene today” and has openly recommended hundreds of health and green living products without any compensation or kickbacks. He adheres to a strong ethical code and practices the lifestyle he teaches.


36 posted on 05/20/2009 12:45:00 PM PDT by Scythian
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"...take colloidal silver at 10 ppm and people will tell you how dangerous it is but hexane at 21 ppm and they scoff at it,"

That's because at ppm levels, heavy metals CAN be toxic. It takes MUCH higher doses of hexane to have anywhere near a toxic effect:

"The neuropathic toxicity of n-hexane in humans is well known[3] ; cases of polyneuropathy have typically occurred in humans chronically exposed to levels of n-hexane ranging from 400 to 600 ppm, with occasional exposures up to 2,500 ppm."{Wikipedia}

This is just more alarmist eco-propaganda (remember Alar???)

37 posted on 05/20/2009 12:45:13 PM PDT by Wonder Warthog ( The Hog of Steel)
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To: Scythian

O my goodness.... That’s like 0.0021% !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


38 posted on 05/20/2009 12:46:45 PM PDT by GulfBreeze
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To: deannadurbin

Nope, I’m wrong. You CAN produce digestible proteins from soy beans.

My bad!


39 posted on 05/20/2009 12:47:50 PM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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To: Scythian

From a link in your article.......I say ugh since I like Horizon milk because it doesn’t go bad as quickly as others....but...........

One company that had an excellent opportunity to meet consumer expectations by supporting the growth of organic acreage in North America was Dean Foods, makers of the industry’s leading soymilk, Silk. Instead, after buying the Silk brand, Dean Foods quit purchasing most of their soybeans from American family farmers and switched their primary sourcing to China. This cost-cutting move helped them build their commanding soy milk market share using soybeans of questionable organic certification from China.

“White Wave (the operating division of Dean Foods that markets Silk and Horizon organic milk) had the opportunity to push organic and sustainable agriculture to incredible heights of production by working with North American farmers and traders to get more land in organic production, but what they did was pit cheap foreign soybeans against the U.S. organic farmer, taking away any attraction for conventional farmers to make the move into sustainable agriculture,” said Merle Kramer, a marketer for the Midwestern Organic Farmers Cooperative.

http://www.cornucopia.org/2009/05/new-report-many-organic-soy-food-brands-importing-beans-from-china/


40 posted on 05/20/2009 12:47:52 PM PDT by WestCoastGal (The problem with socialism is that you eventually, run out of other people’s money Margaret Thatche)
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To: Varda
This s*cks. I need to take soy as part of my hormone replacement therapy.

Why not bioidentical estrogen replacement, like gel?

41 posted on 05/20/2009 12:48:30 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Scythian

Hexane is a common organic solvent from the same chemical family as methane, propane, and octane. It is used to dissolve the oil in soybeans, then evaporated (distilled) off.

I don’t know that that constitutes “bathing in” it or not. And soy meal has been in use for decades with no directly attributable harm. But don’t let that get in the way of a perfectly good panic.


42 posted on 05/20/2009 12:48:37 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: stevie_d_64

LOL Ping.

Been munching on “hexane”ed food Stevie???


43 posted on 05/20/2009 12:48:37 PM PDT by GulfBreeze
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To: WestCoastGal

Dang. Silk is my favorite....


44 posted on 05/20/2009 12:49:46 PM PDT by wolf24 ("Reality is putting The Onion out of business...")
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To: Scythian

Holy cow! We’re doomed!


45 posted on 05/20/2009 12:50:47 PM PDT by RexBeach ("Do your duty in all things." Robert E. Lee)
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To: Blueflag

Check around, be informed.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3289/is_1_174/ai_n8709479/


46 posted on 05/20/2009 12:50:50 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (The plan... 0 in power for life. At least that's what they told him.)
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To: Scythian

I’m so sick of Marxist anti-corporate, anti-industrial propaganda, I dismiss all such scare stories until I hear about them from a source I consider unimpeachable. And I don’t know who that is.


47 posted on 05/20/2009 12:52:41 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: dfwgator; tx_eggman

If you mix dihydrogen monoxide and sodium chloride together, it becomes a rapid oxidizer. I’ve seen it eat right through solid iron bolts!

Also, that particular combination has probably been responsible for more inhalation deaths than anything in human history.


48 posted on 05/20/2009 12:53:03 PM PDT by SpinnerWebb (mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves)
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To: Scythian

Soy sorry. Now I have to worry about soy products too? Gee wilikers.


49 posted on 05/20/2009 12:53:30 PM PDT by dblshot
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To: Scythian

Facts are good:

Regulations

OSHA has set a Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) of 500 ppm for hexane in workplace air. A court decision struck down a proposed PEL of 50 ppm. Damage to nerves has been found in people at 500 ppm. American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) recommends a Threshold Limit Value (TLV) of 50 ppm.

Information excerpted from
Toxicological Profile for Hexane July 1999
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
United States Public Health Service


50 posted on 05/20/2009 12:53:46 PM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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