“Why can’t you build meat directly from plants?” asks Beyond Meat’s website. “It turns out you can.”

The Beyond Burger, a blend of mostly pea protein, canola oil, and coconut oil, plus beet juice extract (to supply the red-meat color), is surprisingly beef-like. With as much protein (20 grams) as a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder patty, and with less saturated fat (5 vs. 8 grams), it beats beef hands down. But who needs the sat fat from coconut oil, which is also used in the Impossible Burger (sold only at select restaurants).

Nutrition Authority favorites are Gardein The Ultimate Beefless Burger and MorningStar Farms Grillers Original Veggie Burgers—have no more than 2 grams of sat fat. And both have around 15 grams of protein for less than half of a Beyond Burger’s 290 calories.


Reprinted with permission by NutritionAction.com, Center for Science and Public Interest.

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