“Cautions with ‘Fake Meat’ Burgers”
We have been repeatedly cautioned about the health dangers of “processed” foods and impossible burgers are highly processed. The so-called “beyond meat” or “impossible burgers” contain soy and wheat allergens. “Fake meats” or alternative meats are climbing in popularity. But we should take a look at the ingredients in these foods. It appears that plant-based meat isn’t as healthy as you have been led to believe. Marketing leads us to believe that “plant-based (fake meat) burgers” consist solely of plant-based ingredients. However, the products are specifically designed to mimic the texture and flavor of meat and they contain an extensive ingredient list that’s at odds with the better-for-you image these foods are trying to create. We’re being duped into eating heavily processed food that contains numerous preservatives, additives, fillers, texturizers, and chemicals linked to cancer. They’re high in sodium and low in nutritional quality. Sodium content is especially significant because high-salt diets contribute to high blood pressure, which can cause heart attacks, heart failure, stroke, kidney disease, and blindness. For the people who switch to plant-based meat out of fear that red meat will increase their risk of heart disease, the salt content in these meat analogs means they’re unknowingly jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. Therefore, consumers should NOT be told that highly processed fake foods are any better for you than the meat products they’re replacing.