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· It looks like meat and tastes like meat, but is the newer meatless meat healthier for you?
· Whole Foods CEO Says Plant-Based Fake Meat Is Bad For Your Health (But Good For Environment)
It looks like meat and tastes like meat, but is the newer meatless meat healthier for you?
by Consumer Reports
via KOMO News (WA) - September 17th 2019
Meatless burgers seem to be everywhere these days, including fast-food restaurants and grocery stores. Companies that make the newer plant-based burgers claim they look and taste like the real thing but better for the environment.
What’s actually in these burgers, and how do they taste? Are they a better alternative to industrial farming?
Consumer Reports' researchers break down what’s between the bun.
The Beyond Burger gets its 20 grams of protein from peas, mung beans, and rice, its fat from canola and coconut oils, and uses beets and pomegranates to provide meat-like redness. The Impossible Burger gets its 19 grams of protein from soy and its fat from a mix of coconut and sunflower oils.
Both burgers are impressive imitators of meat but CR tasters feel the Impossible Burger is that much closer to real meat because of its taste and appearance.
Because both burgers are plant-based, you might think they’re healthier than an actual meat burger but that’s not necessarily the case. Both burgers have ultra-processed ingredients like soy concentrates, isolates, oils, flavors and they have similar amounts of saturated fat but much more sodium than regular beef.
There’s also an unknown ingredient called soy leghemoglobin, a compound found in the Impossible Burger that gives it some of the taste, texture and juicy look of real beef.
Is soy leghemoglobin safe to eat?
Scientists don’t know enough about it yet and won’t know for sure without additional research...
Whole Foods CEO Says Plant-Based Fake Meat Is Bad For Your Health (But Good For Environment)
By Ashe Schow, The Daily Wire
August 22, 2019
The media may have fallen in love with plant-based fake meat like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods (who produce the Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger, respectively), but one high-profile super vegan doesn't think the "meat" is good for anyone's health.
John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods, recently told CNBC that while the plant-based meat is better for the environment, and is more ethical than eating animals, it is made from processed ingredients that aren't healthier than actual meat.
"The [brands] who are capturing the imagination of people — and I'm not going to name these brands because I'm afraid I will be associated with the critique of it," Mackey, who has been a vegan for more than 20 years, told the outlet, "but some of these that are extremely popular now that are taking the world by storm, if you look at the ingredients, they are super, highly processed foods."
"I don't think eating highly processed foods is healthy. I think people thrive on eating whole foods," he added. "As for health, I will not endorse that, and that is about as big of criticism that I will do in public."
CNBC listed the ingredients for Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods burgers:
According to Beyond Meat's website, ingredients for its plant-based patties include water, pea protein isolate, expeller-pressed canola oil, refined coconut oil, rice protein and other natural flavors, including apple extract and beet juice extract (for color). Ingredients for Impossible Foods burger include water, soy protein concentrate, coconut oil, sunflower oil, potato protein, soy leghemoglobin (a group of protein found in animals and plants) and other natural flavors, according to its website.
CNBC also spoke to registered dietitian Alissa Rumsey, who told the outlet that the plant-based burgers "are not necessarily healthier than beef burgers."
"They're totally fine to eat, but there's no need to replace your beef burger if you don't enjoy these," she added...