1) Balsamic vinaigrette
You’d think a bottled balsamic vinaigrette would contain just olive oil, vinegar, and herbs, but with some very popular brands, soybean oil comes second to only water on the ingredient list. And that’s followed by sugar, preservatives, and fillers like xantham gum for texture. Way to overcomplicate something that should be simple, huh? Drizzling some olive oil and balsamic vinegar on your greens is a safer (and easier) bet.
2) Olive oil mayo
That’s right, some big (if not the biggest) mayo brands that sell “olive oil” mayo actually list soybean oil as the first ingredient after water. How does that even happen? Sure, olive oil’s there, too, but so are things like “modified potato starch,” added for texture, which isn’t even present in most regular mayos. Talk about an all-around misleading product.
3) Whole-wheat crackers
Sure, crackers probably aren’t super high up there on your list of health foods, but when you buy them, you almost certainly choose the whole-wheat variety, right? That’s cool, but some popular brands list soybean oil as the third ingredient, after enriched and whole-wheat flour. That’s not even the worst part—subsequent ingredients can include sugar, partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil (a.k.a. trans fat!), and high fructose corn syrup. Seriously, read those labels.
4) Energy bars
Sure, they seem like a quick and healthy option if you’re on the go, but most energy bars are simply a convenient way ingest a load of toxic shit you don’t need. One of the brands that’s been around the longest lists soybean oil after the flour and oats on the ingredient list, and that’s followed by multiple types of sugar, artificial colors, and preservatives that have been linked to cancer in animals. That said, there are still plenty of healthy options out there—stave off hunger with one of these seven energy bars made from real food.
Like balsamic vinaigrette, hummus is another product you’d just assume contains olive oil given its Mediterranean roots, but not so much. One big brand lists soybean oil right after the chickpeas and tahini. Sigh.