What is the Beyond Meat Burger?
By Rich Jacobs | 14 August 2017
THE OPTIMAL ATHLETE — Vegan eating seems to be more and more prevalent these days. Most people go vegan for health reasons whether it is to lose weight or decrease inflammation and then the few who just don’t want to eat meat. What’s funny is that even though vegans and vegetarians want to avoid meat, they still want burgers. Go figure. Before you judge, I am not against vegan or vegetarian eating. In fact I think it could be helpful in reducing inflammation and healing people who are chronically sick. None of us eat enough vegetables, so this style of eating would force more vegetables into the diet. However, does that mean that processed food, even though it is vegan, is good for you? Let’s continue…
A brand called “Beyond Meat” has developed a burger that is being touted as tasting just like a real burger! Although they are not claiming any health benefits by eating their burger, according to Harvard Health Publications, vegetarians believe that they are healthier by avoiding meat.1 Is that necessarily true? Can you eat this meatless burger without any health consequences? Let’s breakdown these ingredients and see!
Beyond Meat: The Beyond Burger ingredients: Pea Protein Isolate, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Refined Coconut Oil, Water, Yeast Extract, Maltodextrin, Natural Flavors, Gum Arabic, Sunflower Oil, Salt, Succinic Acid, Acetic Acid, Non-GMO Modified Food Starch, Cellulose From Bamboo, Methylcellulose, Potato Starch, Beet Juice Extract (for color), Ascorbic Acid (to maintain color), Annatto Extract (for color), Citrus Fruit Extract (to maintain quality), Vegetable Glycerin. […]