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Who goes to McDonalds to get a plant burger?  Additionally, I have heard that the sodium levels of these "Beyond" meat burgers is higher than beef burgers.


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   I don't eat fast food, but I have seen these beyond meat products in grocery stores now. I will probably buy these and give them a try once the price is lower than real meat. I'm not opposed to the concept, and it is probably good as a sustainable practice. I've heard some good feedback about the taste,  but damned if I'm going to pay more to eat a plant burger. 


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I have not had any of the fast food Impossible/Beyond burgers, but I have had them at local restaurants up here and down in the LA area. Actually pretty good! I don't eat much meat during the week as a personal choice, so having another choice that fits in with my meal planning is welcome. I am going to try making a meatloaf with some of the ground "meat" soon after reading a few recipes/reviews.

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Just now, Bill & Katya said:

 

  Some of them are cholesterol free, which might be a positive for some people. Other than that, they are not really a healthy alternative to meat. More of an alternative for those who don't want to east meat.


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2 minutes ago, Steeleballz said:

 

   I don't eat fast food, but I have seen these beyond meat products in grocery stores now. I will probably buy these and give them a try once the price is lower than real meat. I'm not opposed to the concept, and it is probably good as a sustainable practice. I've heard some good feedback about the taste,  but damned if I'm going to pay more to eat a plant burger. 

We tried the ground beyond for taco night and it works well for texture or flavor. The whole idea of browning is different. The package seemed too excessive.

 

Maybe when the product scales and there is competition the price will change. Most factory processes do.

 

Ranchers hate the idea. It is really going to affect them if it expands. They need to scale back anyways and focus on quality grass fed. That means higher prices to the consumer for less meat. 

 

Some of the "factory farms" are borderline criminal, but the states are catching on.

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I think that these companies are trying to appeal to recent demand of a product. While these supposedly contain no meat, they are just equally if not more so unhealthy. That being said, keep in mind Burger King's version has done very well compared to McD's. Maybe it's just that BK just does it better? 

 

I really don't care for anything at McDs these days, except the sausage biscuit.


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1 minute ago, Steeleballz said:

 

  Some of them are cholesterol free, which might be a positive for some people. Other than that, they are not really a healthy alternative to meat. More of an alternative for those who don't want to east meat.

I think those are the veggie burgers mentioned in the article.

 

THE NUTRITION FACTOR

If you thought Beyond Burger might make a good low-fat alternative to beef burgers, well, think again: "According to the nutrition label on the back, the Beyond Burger has significantly more protein, sodium, calories, and fat compared to a normal burger," Tech Insider points out.

 

https://www.eater.com/2016/6/7/11877916/beyond-burger-review-meatless-vegan


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1 minute ago, Bill & Katya said:

I think those are the veggie burgers mentioned in the article.

 

THE NUTRITION FACTOR

If you thought Beyond Burger might make a good low-fat alternative to beef burgers, well, think again: "According to the nutrition label on the back, the Beyond Burger has significantly more protein, sodium, calories, and fat compared to a normal burger," Tech Insider points out.

 

https://www.eater.com/2016/6/7/11877916/beyond-burger-review-meatless-vegan

It's kind of like eating a HungryMan tv dinner vs eating those Healthy Choice dinners. They both taste kind of bad, but the healthy choice ones taste even worse and have just as much sodium and fat.


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1 minute ago, 90DayFinancier said:

We tried the ground beyond for taco night and it works well for texture or flavor. The whole idea of browning is different. The package seemed too excessive.

 

Maybe when the product scales and there is competition the price will change. Most factory processes do.

 

Ranchers hate the idea. It is really going to affect them if it expands. They need to scale back anyways and focus on quality grass fed. That means higher prices to the consumer for less meat. 

 

Some of the "factory farms" are borderline criminal, but the states are catching on.

 

   I'm hoping that is what happens. I don't eat a lot of red meat anyway, and the burgers I do buy are 96% lean I think, so there is usually more calories in the bun. I I'm sure plant burgers are probably less healthy than the burgers I currently eat, but I wouldn't eat any of them frequently enough that I would worry about it.


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3 minutes ago, Bill & Katya said:

I think those are the veggie burgers mentioned in the article.

 

THE NUTRITION FACTOR

If you thought Beyond Burger might make a good low-fat alternative to beef burgers, well, think again: "According to the nutrition label on the back, the Beyond Burger has significantly more protein, sodium, calories, and fat compared to a normal burger," Tech Insider points out.

 

https://www.eater.com/2016/6/7/11877916/beyond-burger-review-meatless-vegan

 

  The range of calories, sodium and fat is so large in different types that it is difficult to really define a "normal" burger. I'm sure plant burgers are better than some of what is out there, but it is definitely possible to make a far healthier burger than what beyond meat offers. 


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4 minutes ago, Steeleballz said:

 

  Some of them are cholesterol free, which might be a positive for some people. Other than that, they are not really a healthy alternative to meat. More of an alternative for those who don't want to east meat.

Yes nothing is going to have the right "texture" without that nice saturated fat. It provides an ethical alternative whether your concern is environmental or animal treatment.

 

If you look at it from this from a global perspective, adding a few billion to the planet becomes less impactful with this solution maybe saving a rainforest or two.

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