Bad day for vegetarians. Hexane, a neurotoxic air pollutant is apparently in all non-organic veggie burgers. But is it actually bad for you? Or is it, like, pre-packaged foods/artificial ingredients/trace-amounts-of-feces-that-won’t-actually-kill-you bad for you?

No, it’s legitimately bad for you, and it's totally unregulated.

Luckily, it’s only in veggie burgers, not in whole tofu, or, you know, actual burgers. Basically, hexane is used as an oil substitute of sorts, so if you’re the kind of health nut that doesn’t just go for the tempeh, but the reduced-fat tempeh, that’s where you went wrong. (There are no winners in science or in trying to be healthly.)

Would you like to know which of your favorite soy retailers (you have a favorite soy retailer now) manufacture with a poison of which has never been studied on humans before? They're listed here.

The death blow here is definitely Trader Joe's. Boca Burger is the Everystore’s go-to veggie burger, Morningstar Farms is just as big, and I haven’t even heard of the others  (Except Amy’s Kitchen which, neurotoxins aside, is really delicious.) But Trader Joe’s? All that is right and affordable in food? Purveyor of delicious frozen dinners and such cheap wine? Disappointing.

Commentarium (5 Comments)

Apr 19 10 - 4:41pm

I like the phrase "favorite soy retailers." And now I want a veggie burger...

Apr 19 10 - 4:45pm

Looks like us meat-eaters were right. Even if we didn't bring up this line of argument.

Apr 19 10 - 4:49pm

I guess the most logical next step would be to go buy a Double Down.

Apr 19 10 - 4:50pm

no no - every obsessive/neurotic for real health nut vegetarian knows prepackaged veggie burgers aren't health food

Apr 20 10 - 2:08am

Oh, look. It's a chemical scare on the Internet. Must be Monday.

Every substance on the planet, natural or artificial, organic or otherwise, becomes toxic in a large enough dose. So saying products A, B, or C contain toxic substances X, Y, or Z is meaningless. All ingredients in all products are toxic.

Now, if a study links the hexane in food to actual toxic effects in humans, then I'll take notice. Heck, even if a study shows ingested hexane exposures at 10% the known toxic level or higher, I'll take notice. Until then... yawn.

Shame on organic farmers stirring up a chemical scare when there are already plenty of scientifically sound reasons to buy organic.