Is Hexane Solvent Used in Processing your Protein?

Hexane is a petroleum by-product of gasoline refining and a common solvent used by conventional grain processors to extract oil from different grains such as corn, soy, and canola. Most soybeans are processed through a hexane bath to separate soybeans into oil, protein and fiber. Soybean processing releases this highly explosive, neurotoxic chemical into the environment where it reacts with other pollutants to create ozone, which is a serious human health and environmental hazard.

So why is a toxic chemical on the EPA’s list of hazardous air pollutants in your food? The FDA has no maximum level of hexane set for soy foods, nor do they require manufacturers to test for hexane. Residues can be found in foods such as infant formula, nutrition bars, meats, and protein powders while the potential effects of consuming hexane are still unknown.

It may not be too much of a surprise to know that hexane is used in processing most all non-organic soy products, but unfortunately even “organic” and “all natural” food products have been found to use hexane. Well-known multination companies who claim to be organic and toxin free have been found to have ingredients that have been hexane extracted.

To ensure that your food is made with truly organic and all natural soy ingredients, free from hexane residue, take a look at the Cornucopia Institute’s Organic Soy Scorecard.

Disclaimer: LENTEINTM has assembled this information in good faith and tries to present everything as accurately and objectively as possible.