Every few weeks, we find ourselves invited over to a friend or family members home for dinner. We’ll plan out dinner, I’ll bring a dish, and invariably I’ll get the “can you bring along something to grill for your daughter” question.
So we’ll head over, veggie burger in hand, ready to share a dinner.
Or we’ll head out for a day of fun in the sun. A bike ride along the canal, or a day of skiing in the Rocky Mountains.
So we head to the store and grab what we assumed to be a safe alternative.
Power bars are a great snack when you don’t have time to stop for a meal. And pre-packaged burger alternatives are easy to throw in your bag and bring along to picnics and potlucks.
Yet in some cases, what you grab can harm you.
Many of today’s top burger alternatives are made with soy, yet aren’t organic. Power or nutrition bars may look identical in both organic and non-organic formats, but they are anything but.
When a food item is certified organic, it provides a government regulated, third part certified refuge from foods produced and processed with toxins and potentially dangerous chemicals. If its natural or doesn’t hold the organic title, it doesn’t have the regulation behind it. And it may be processed using dangerous chemicals.
Hexane is a byproduct of gasoline refining. Soybean processors use it as a solvent to turn soybeans into the necessary oils and proteins used in ingredients to make the veggie foods we eat. It’s a cheap and efficient way of extracting oil from soybeans, which means processors love to use it whenever they can to get their products to market fast and cheap. And of course at a cost to us.
If hexane doesn’t sound appetizing to you, and you want to avoid bringing them into your homes and letting your family eat them, start with this handy guide that will make your next trip to the store a little more eye opening.