… speaking to nutritionists, that "meat" label can hide a variety of ingredients that are common sources of food allergies. "A lot of people who deal with food allergies will struggle with this choice as well. The top allergens include, some of them include; wheat, soy, and nuts. Typically those meat alternatives have one or all of those allergens in them," said Kris Walahoski, a nutritionist with CHI Good Samaritan. Soy and Wheat are both main ingredients in the Impossible burger, and a pea-protein capable of producing an allergic reaction to those with peanut allergies is found in the Beyond Burger…

 

 

Fake meats, should they be called meats?

 

by Alex Whitney, Nebraska.TV 

February 5th 2020

 

KEARNEY, Neb. — It's a product that has gone by many names.

 

Fake meats, faux meats, alternative proteins, there are many different names for the plant based products like the Beyond and Impossible burger that are trying their best to live up to the real thing.

 

But with a completely different set of ingredients and new allergy concerns, is it responsible to be calling these products "meat"?

 

Since they were designed to replace meat products in a person's diet, it seems natural to want to call these new products a "meat".

 

But speaking to nutritionists, that "meat" label can hide a variety of ingredients that are common sources of food allergies.

 

"A lot of people who deal with food allergies will struggle with this choice as well. The top allergens include, some of them include; wheat, soy, and nuts. Typically those meat alternatives have one or all of those allergens in them," said Kris Walahoski, a nutritionist with CHI Good Samaritan.

 

Soy and Wheat are both main ingredients in the Impossible burger, and a pea-protein capable of producing an allergic reaction to those with peanut allergies is found in the Beyond Burger.

 

It's not just allergens causing issues with fake meat labeling.

 

In the beef industry there has been a push to introduce legislation to define beef as only products being produced from cattle.

 

Many producers aren't wanting their products associated with the plant based alternatives, and they certainly dont want the products called "meat".

 

"Absolutely not, you referred to it as fake meat but we prefer to call them alternative proteins because these products are in fact not meat. They are protein products and are an alternative to meat, hence why we want to call them alternative protein," said Ashley Kohls with the Nebraska Cattleman's association.

 

There are already 8 states that incorporate meat labeling laws defining what meat, or specific meat products like beef, is, and groups like Nebraska Cattlemen's have been working with Senators in Washington to introduce similar rules nationally.

 

"One of the things we are working on right now...

 

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