Do You Know Your Soy?

April 21, 2010

This might seem like an odd question.  If you are a vegetarian, it’s an important question, and considering many processed and packaged foods contained some form of soy, it may be an equally important question for meat-eaters.  Many highly processed forms of soy involve the use of hexane, which is a neurotoxin.  Thanks to our friend, Jayson, here is an article from Mother Jones with more information.

Charlotte Vallaeys, senior researcher for The Cornucopia Institute says “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 soybeans that were made with hexane.”  Well, The Cornucopia Institute created a list that rates all brands of organic soy.  The list allows you to click on each individual company to see why they received a particular ranking.  Here’s the list.

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2 Responses to “Do You Know Your Soy?”

  1. Colin said

    i’ve clicked through multiple links from jayson’s story and my head hurts. i think i’m just going to go to mcdonalds and get a big mac. but seriously, i’m a little overwhelmed by what i can/should eat. the comments on this related post make my headspin: http://www.boingboing.net/2010/04/14/neurotoxic-soyburger.html

  2. mr.eggsandsoup said

    it can be confusing. the weston price foundation is founded on the ideas of weston price, a dentist from the 30s who studied many groups of people and their diets. he discovered that the healthiest people tended to be those who ate an abundance of animal fats and living (fermented) foods. this foundation encourages the consumption of animal meats and fats from animals that have been pasture-raised. it looks like there was speculation that the wpf funded this research on hexane in soy, but the cornucopia institute says that they did not. regardless, we should all avoid soy processed with hexane. central soy, out of lawrence, ks, gets a good rating, as you can see, so if you are a soy eater, support this local company. i’m planning a post on this high-animal fat diet proposed by weston price (and many others).

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