… are Impossible Burgers healthier for us humans? In a word, “No,” says Elisabetta Politi, M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N., the nutrition director of the Duke Diet & Fitness Center in Durham, North Carolina…

 

 

What Is the Impossible Burger and Is It Even Good For You?

 

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via Yahoo Lifestyle - June 10, 2019

 

Americans have a growing appetite for meatless meals, with nearly 40 percent of us actively trying to eat more plant-based foods. Somewhat ironically, we also have an equally enormous appetite for beef, as USDA stats indicate we consume 54 pounds per year-or about four quarter pounders a week.

 

Put the two together in the plant-based Impossible Burger, which is made to look and taste like meat, and you have a recipe for a runaway success. The Impossible Burger, which hit grills back in 2016, is now available in about 7,000 restaurants around the country, and quickly fell into short supply after partnering with Burger King to create the Impossible Whopper in April of this year. And with more and more athletes out there following a plant-based diet , we tapped some top nutrition experts to give us the real deal on this fake beef.

 

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Is the Impossible Burger Healthy?

 

Environmental issues aside-because unpacking how much healthier an Impossible Burger is for the Earth than a beef burger is another story-are Impossible Burgers healthier for us humans?

 

In a word, “No,” says Elisabetta Politi, M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N., the nutrition director of the Duke Diet & Fitness Center in Durham, North Carolina.

 

“I don’t think it’s any healthier. As a nutritionist, I tell people that if we want to find a way to address obesity and diabetes, it’s to go back to the way our grandparents ate,” Politi says. “I’m not saying that genetic modification is wrong, but I think it’s disconcerting to make up food. I would not consider this wholesome food because it’s something that has gone through a lot of changes and was created in a lab by the food industry.”

 

Besides the genetically modified ingredients, it’s not really healthier from a nutritional standpoint either, Politi says, particularly in the realm of saturated fat. Though Impossible Foods lowered the amount of saturated fat in the recent recipe change, it still contains higher amounts than a beef burger...

 

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