Beyond meat burgers actually taste and feel like a burger… but how did they get them to taste like meat and are they better for you than beef?
this company finally cracked the code on making plants taste like meat when they found that humans associate “Heme” with the taste of meat.
Heme is a molecule that carries iron in animal blood. Perhaps you’ve heard of “hemoglobin?” Plants have a form of this called “Leghemoglobin” and food scientists have figured out how to extract this and inject it into burgers.
While the beyond meat burger uses beet juice to make it appear to have blood, other burgers like the impossible burger get their red color directly from the plant heme!
Here are the ingredients:
Water, Pea Protein*, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Refined Coconut Oil, Rice Protein, Natural Flavors, Cocoa Butter, Mung Bean Protein, Methylcellulose, Potato Starch, Apple Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Vinegar, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Sunflower Lecithin, Beet Juice Extract (for color).
In my opinion, these heme burgers are less healthy than traditional meat, especially because we don’t know what process they go through to extract the iron rich substance.
What are your thoughts??