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FYI- Hexane treated soy products
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Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
FYI- Hexane treated soy products on 09/25/2012 14:04:25 MDT Print View

Many (most) soy products are teated with HEXANE, a petroleum derivative, to separate oils from the soy solids. Hexane has been strongly implicated in relation to brain tumors.

The CORNUCOPIA INSTITUTE has a list of both non-hexane and hexane treated soy products.

Most interesting to backackers is the list of energy bars in the two groups.

For ex. Lara Bars are NON-hexane drived while Luna Bars are hexane derived, as are Clif Bars.

Will someone with more computer savvy than me please make a link to that site's page?

In general "ORGANIC" foods MUST be non-hexane derived while "NATURAL" foods usually contain hexane derived soy products.

Amazing what the FDA permits in food processing and that they have NOT updated their dangerous chemicals list since the '70s!

Edited by Danepacker on 11/22/2012 12:18:08 MST.

Tad Englund
(bestbuilder) - F - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: FYI- Hexane treated soy products on 09/25/2012 15:51:35 MDT Print View

Here is the link Hexane-Soy

Steven Burkhead
(catinthehat) - F

Locale: Orange/LA Counties
Re: FYI- Hexane treated soy products on 10/09/2012 13:30:14 MDT Print View

As with all chemicals, the harmfulness is a function of dose and exposure. At the levels residual hexane is being found in these soy products by independent studies, I'd say that we aren't facing any real harm. We don't know everything these is to know about this issue for sure, and more studies need to be done, but saying the FDA isn't doing their job by banning it is a little bit of a stretch IMO as a professional toxicologist.

Sure I will chose foods not treated with hexane given the option, but I'm not worried about the occasional cliff bar, and morning star sausage patty =)

Ben H.
(bzhayes) - F

Locale: So. California
Re: FYI- Hexane treated soy products on 10/16/2012 12:15:59 MDT Print View

Lara bars don't have soy in them, so... of course they don't have hexane treated soy.

Are there any energy bars with non-hexane treated soy?

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Hmmmm... on 11/22/2012 12:20:25 MST Print View

The Article specifically listed Luna bars so I guess they just included ANY non-hexane treated bar, woth or without soy content. Kinda disingenuous of them.

Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
A hex on Hexane on 11/26/2012 20:11:42 MST Print View

Eric -- thank you for posting about this. I did not know about the methods used for post processing soy. I rarely eat these bars or the "tofuturkey" stuff, but kids do, so good to know.