Most vegetarian butter substitutes are made from canola or soybean oil. As I mentioned, soybean is a genetically modified food, and canola is also known to be genetically modified. A good rule of thumb is that if the product doesn’t say it is GMO free, then it is has the potential to be genetically modified in some way.
Canola oils come from the rapeseed plant. Rapeseed was genetically modified to become tolerant to herbicide in 1995 It is very inexpensive to grow and harvest, and because it is poisonous to living things and is often used as an insect repellent, insects won’t destroy the crop. Rape oil has been linked to respiratory diseases, as well as lung cancer, constipation, irritability, and emphysema.
4. Anything With Textured Vegetable Protein
Most people hear textured vegetable protein and think of vegetables that supply protein. However, it is a far cry from a vegetable; in fact, it is a soy product. Even though it is labeled as a product that contains no fat with a high amount of dietary fiber, magnesium, iron, and phosphorus, it is not all that companies are trying to make it out to be.
First, it contains soy. We have established that soy is a GMF. In addition, textured vegetable protein is made from defatted soy flour. What is defatted soy flour? Well, the whole process is a long high-heat process that changes the way the food is shaped and functions. When our body is faced with these new shapes and functions (a far cry from the original and healthier version), it can react in a variety of negative ways, including developing allergic reactions and damaging cellular DNA.
Also, during processing, textured vegetable protein is converted by processing soybeans with hexane, which is a by-product of gasoline refining. This process bathes soybeans and hexane together to separate the protein from the soybean’s oil. If the process doesn’t scare you then understand that there is potential for the hexane to remain in the oil that is used. Hexane is a toxic chemical linked to neurological damage.