Nutrition: Should You Skip This

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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7 Responses to Nutrition: Should You Skip This

  1. J.D. Wininger says:

    What an education I’m receiving from your posts Ms. Ann. I must admit, I’m not much for shopping at Whole Foods, or looking for non-GMO labels, but as a rancher, I perked right up when you wrote you eat burgers. My beef is “Field-to-Freezer” and as natural as I know to make it. It’s leaner, better marbled, and more tasty than almost any I’ve ever purchased. I always get a kick out of the folks that pay a premium price for this breed of beef or another. At the end of the day, it’s what goes into them that determines the quality of what’s harvested. Be that beef or beets; that truism remains I think. Always enjoy learning from you ma’am. As for your question? No thank you ma’am, I’ll stick my my Luigi-, or Phil-, burgers. 🙂 God’s blessings.

    • amusico says:

      Thank you Jim. I understand some people don’t eat meat and that is certainly their choice. However, if you want a burger, it should be a burger from meat that has been properly raised. You are absolutely right. It’s what the animal eats and how it is treated that determines the quality of the finished product. Give me a real grass fed burger any day!

  2. Holly Scherer says:

    Yikes. Someone posted about the Impossible Burger on Instagram not that long ago so this post really intrigued me. I did a little more digging and found this: “Heme is what makes meat taste like meat. It’s an essential molecule found in every living plant and animal — most abundantly in animals — and something we’ve been eating and craving since the dawn of humanity. Here at Impossible Foods, our plant-based heme is made via fermentation of genetically engineered yeast, and safety-verified by America’s top food-safety experts and peer-reviewed academic journals.” – Um, no thank you!

    While we will likely never adhere to strict diet label, we eat mostly a whole food plant-based diet because you can’t argue that plants are healthy. That said, if we want a burger, we’re having a burger. That doesn’t mean I haven’t made delicious “burgers” out of sweet potatoes and black beans, wild rice, and chickpeas (all different burgers), but I never call them burgers, they’re patties, and not meant to taste like beef.

    Your comment about people reading labels like gluten-free or vegan made me laugh. Years ago we had friends that went vegan and they were bragging about all the vegan food they could eat: oreos, skittles, and a bunch of other junk. They seriously thought they were healthier than us eating oreos instead of chicken. Lol! Good stuff!

    Keep these educational posts coming. I always love reading and learning from you.

    • amusico says:

      Thanks Holly. For sharing that additional info and for your comments. I’m with you. I have made veggie patties from all sorts of beans and veggies – especially for my vegetarian daughter in law – but for me a burger is a burger and it’s always the quality that counts.

  3. Very interesting and informative. Thanks for sharing.

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