Undoubtedly, 2019 is the year of faux meat.
With Beyond Meat going public – and shocking people all over the world with a better than expected IPO – it's a chance to become a big industry, bigger than just a part of the plant-based movement.
For several reasons, such as personal health problems and the environmental impact of animal farming, more people choose to eat less meat. But with new brands spreading across the market, consumers are facing more decisions than ever before.
Here's your guide to two of the most popular faux meat options on the market:from Impossible Foods and Beyond Burger from Beyond Meat.
Comparison of Ingredients
Look at the packaging at a Beyond Burger or an impossible Burger and you will find a widespread list of ingredients.
The impossible burger contains:
Water, soy protein concentrate, coconut oil, sunflower oil, natural flavors, 2% or less of: Potato protein, methyl cellulose, yeast extract, cultured dextrose, food starch modified, soy Leghemoglobin, Salt, Soy Protein Isolate, Mixed Hemoglobin, Salt, Soy Protein Isolate, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Zinc Gluconate, Thiamine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Niacin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin B12.  Other than water, the main constituent is soy protein concentrate. Soybeans are quite healthy, but soy protein concentrate is heavily processed, meaning many of the benefits of raw food are lost.
For example, raw soybeans provide a lot of calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B-6, iron and magnesium, but Impossible Foods strengthens their burgers with vitamins and minerals, which are likely to make up for the lost nutrients during treatment.
Beyond Burger contains:
Water, Pea Protein Isolate, Expressed Canola Oil, Refined Coconut Oil, Contains 2% or less of the following: Bamboo Cellulose, Methylcellulose, Potato Starch, Natural Taste, Maltodextrin, Yeast Extract, Salt, Sunflower Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Dried Yeast, Gum Arabic, Citrus Extract (to protect quality), Ascorbic acid (to maintain color), Beet Juice Extract (for color), Acetic acid, Succinic acid, Modified Food Starch, Annatto (for color).
When it comes to ingredients, the two burgers are quite similar, the exception being the main protein source. Beyond Meat uses pea protein instead of soy protein, and there is no soy leghemoglobin which is Impossible's most important ingredient that makes the burger "bleed".
Also, Beyond Burgers red color comes from beet extract, rather than heme from the leghemoglobin as in impossible patty.
Are they vegans?
Yep, the impossible Burger and the Beyond Meat Burger are both vegans – also do not contain animal products of by-products. For what it's worth, Beyond Meat says all the products are certified vegan by the Vegan Action Foundation.
The impossible Burger is also certified halal and kosher. Beyond meat does not indicate whether the products are kosher or halal.
Is it a healthier than the other?
The bottom line is that both of these companies have created a "burger" in a laboratory, made from just plant products and designed to mimic the taste and texture of real steaks. Your level of comfort with it depends on your attitude to food technology (and how picky you are about steak, if you eat it).
Some things can affect your opinion about which burger is healthier:
- The impossible burger contains mostly organic ingredients, while Beyond Burger does not
- The Beyond Burger is strictly non-GMO, while Impossible Food recently exposed setbacks on the use of genetically modified ingredients containing
- The impossible Burger is populated with more vitamins and minerals than Beyond Burger
From a plate sinking, both burgers hit the same brands: per serving They both have:
- Just under 300 calories
- Approximately 20 grams of protein
- Almost 400 milligrams of sodium – beware if you look at the salt intake.
The Beyond Meat Burger has 20 grams of fat for Impossible Burger's 14. You can see the full nutritional values of Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat for more info.
How do they taste?
Well, the impossible burger obviously tastes like real beef toand food scientists at Impossible Foods say that the burger .
The Beyond Burger is described as having a somewhatbut most reviews on Amazon come from happy customers who are impressed by the proximity to real steaks.
Both burgers are generally described as resembling beef more than traditional veggie burger patties (like a Boca Burger). However, the taste and texture of both burgers cannot be close enough for some beef lovers.
In a taste test involving an impossible Burger, a Beyond Burger and a regular beef burger, all tasters could point out which patties were plant-based and which was real steak.
It is worth pointing out that there is no Impossible Burger or Beyond Meat Burger. Restaurants use patties from both brands to create a faux-meat burger option that fits with their menu. Pattiene is the common denominator, but the taste of the whole burger is unique to every restaurant.
Where do you find them?
Impossible Foods collaborates with many restaurants in metropolitan metro areas, such as San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City. There are now more than 5000 restaurants that have Impossible Burgers on their menus. More recently, the company rolled burgers out to national chains. Right now, or in the near future, you can get an impossible burger atRed Robin, Umami Burger and Qdoba. They also collaborated with Little Caesar's pizza to make a
You can find Beyond Meat Burgers in grocery stores nationally, as well as in some restaurants, including Carl's Jr., TGI Fridays and Del Taco. Beyond meat, there have also been deficiencies in the past, but say that it has renewed its supply chain to combat future events.
If you are a faux meat enthusiast, it is worth knowing that Beyond Meat produces more than just burgers. The company shares stores with plant-based bratwurst sausage, Italian sausage and meat crumbles.