Do you know that unless you are eating USDA, cold pressed organic cooking oils, you are most likely consuming a certain amount of a petroleum solvent? Why in the world would anyone want a petroleum solvent in their food?
The solvent in question is called hexane, which I have written about before, and is a petroleum by-product: n-Hexane is a chemical made from crude oil. Pure n-Hexane is a colorless liquid with a slightly disagreeable odor. It is highly flammable, and its vapors can be explosive. Pure n-Hexane is used in laboratories. Most of the n-Hexane used in industry is mixed with similar chemicals called solvents. The major use for solvents containing n-Hexane is to extract vegetable oils from crops such as soybeans. These solvents are also used as cleaning agents in the printing, textile, furniture, and shoemaking industries. Certain kinds of special glues used in the roofing and shoe and leather industries also contain n-Hexane. Several consumer products contain n-Hexane, such as gasoline, quick-drying glues used in various hobbies, and rubber cement.
Hexane is used to extract oil from certain vegetables such as soybeans, corn, sunflower, safflower, and canola oil. Some cooking oils are from fruit; these include olive, coconut and palm oils. It is used in peanut oil extraction as well (peanuts are not classified as either a vegetable or fruit), and is more often than not, found on food packaging labels, using the term vegetable oil rather than listing the specific ingredient. All are toxic. It’s an inexpensive method of extracting oils.
The EPA says this about hexane:
The main use of hexane is as a solvent to extract edible oils from seed and vegetable crops (e.g., soybeans,peanuts, corn). (6)Commercial grades of hexane are used as solvents for glues (rubber cement, adhesives), varnishes, andinks. (3,6)Hexane is also used as a cleaning agent (degreaser) in the printing industry. (6)Hexane is used as the liquid in low temperature thermometers. (2,6
Apparently, the FDA is not concerned about hexane being in our food. I wonder if they consider how much cooking oil is consumed on a daily basis by the American public. Think about it; you cook with it, and you eat processed food that is made with oils extracted by hexane. Unfortunately, there is no data available from the FDA that addresses the human consumption issue.
Hexane is a volatile solvent that’s used, with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, to extract oil from soybeans (as well as from nuts and olives). Most soy protein ingredients in meat analogs and nutrition bars, which are listed on labels as soy protein isolate, soy protein concentrate or textured vegetable protein, have undergone hexane processing.
There are enough independent studies to prove that hexane can have detrimental effects on the central nervous system such as Parkinsonism. However, we’re led to believe that it is just through inhalation that hexane is a problem. Is that true? Obviously not. So who can we trust when it comes to the purity of our food?
American food has been adulterated for at least one hundred years. It isn’t even really food anymore; it’s chemical cocktails, and it’s killing us.
Furthermore, we can’t trust a “government agency”, whose main interest is in corporations, and profit, so we have to trust ourselves by questioning what is in our food. We do this by researching; information is all over the Internet, there for the picking, it just takes a curious mind. We can’t afford to hand our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren over to a corporation that is about profit over health.