About a year and a half ago I wrote this post about the Impossible Burger. I think you will pretty easily see what my opinion is on this particular product. Recently I’ve noticed something called Beyond Burger in my supermarket. I wondered if they were related so I did a little research and wanted to share what I learned and my thoughts here.
My understanding is that the Impossible Burgers are sold in restaurants, like Burger King as of this past April, and Beyond Burgers are sold in grocery stores, which is where I have been seeing them. While the Impossible Burger contains soy and genetically modified ingredients, the Beyond Burgers are Non-GMO Product Verified. However, does just that make them a healthy choice?
I suppose it depends on your definition. “Healthy food” by my definition is the highest quality, real, fresh, whole foods in a form as close to how God created them. So that means organic, grass-fed, pasture raised, wild caught.
My problem with the Beyond Burgers is that they are processed foods. I am not a vegan or vegetarian, so I do eat grass fed beef and that’s what a burger would be for me. However, my daughter in law is a vegetarian and she eats veggie burgers, but I doubt she would choose this one. While there are no GMOs, it does have canola oil as an ingredient, which is an inflammatory omega 6 oil.
Often people see labels like “vegan” or “plant-based” and automatically think they have to be healthier, but that’s not necessarily the case. Creating your particular fuel blend from quality whole foods in their natural form is different from simply choosing something labeled “plant-based.” There is a difference between eating fresh or frozen peas (a whole food) and pea protein isolate (a highly processed product).
I know many people choose options like these to avoid eating meat believing the plant-based options to be a healthier choice. I don’t necessarily agree. I believe it is the quality of whatever food you choose that will make it truly healthy or not. So genetically modified veggies and processed plant-based foods would not be a healthy (in my opinion). I would choose grass-fed and finished beef over a processed plant-based product. However, that is also quite different from beef from conventionally raised cattle which is treated with hormones, antibiotics and fed genetically modified grains. The nutritional content is completely different and I don’t consider that a healthy option either.
So for me it comes down to quality and keeping it real. I, personally, won’t be purchasing either of these any time soon.
What do you think about these alternative meat burgers?
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