My roommate and I were just talking about how terrible Kashi food is, and then lo and behold, TakePart.com posted an article on the topic today (http://www.takepart.com/article/2012/04/26/kashis-gmo-controversy-rages). And I discovered that Kashi is even more disgusting than I thought.
Despite its claims to be the go-to health food, Kashi’s foods are in no way good for you. They claim to be “all natural” (a label that, unlike “organic,” actually has no legal definition, which means it means nada) yet they use high levels of GMO grains, and some of their products are 100% GMOed. What’s worse, they use hexane-extracted soy protein. Never heard of hexane? That’s because food companies don’t want you to know you’re eating it. Here’s the definition given by Cornucopia.org:
“Hexane is a byproduct of gasoline refining. It is a neurotoxin and a hazardous air pollutant. Soybean processors use it as a solvent—a cheap and efficient way of extracting oil from soybeans, a necessary step to making most conventional soy oil and protein ingredients. Whole soybeans are literally bathed in hexane to separate the soybeans’ oil from protein.”
I love eating neurotoxins for breakfast.
In an attempt to give n some credence to their “all natural” image, Kashi does have 7 products verified non-GMO (but not organic). They are: 7 Whole Grain Flakes, 7 Whole Grain Pilaf, 7 Whole Grain Puffs, Autumn Wheat, Cinnamon Harvest, Island Vanilla and Strawberry Fields. So if you simply can’t live without Kashi, stick to their non-brain damaging foods.