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Meatless Meat with Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods - Is It Any Good?

meatless meatThere are a lot of things being said about the meatless meat we’re encountering these days. Most of it’s negative, ignoring the best reason in the world to avoid real animal meat. I’ll get to that reason in a minute.

I have yet to taste anything made by Beyond Meat or Impossible Foods and it’s not for a lack of trying. It’s always sold out when I look for it in the supermarkets and I don’t do fast food often enough to think about it when I do.

Veggie Burgers - The Original Meatless Meat

To quote from an article at Cooking Light:

Veggie burgers can be made with chickpeas, black beans, white beans, potatoes, lentils, and pretty much any other vegetable that can be mashed and formed into a patty. And made right, they’re delicious — but fragile. Even with binders like breadcrumbs, oats, egg whites, or farina, veggie burger patties tend to be delicate things that don’t fare well on the grill.

Unlike the new burgers from Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, these burgers don’t taste anything like animal meat. I don’t think they’re supposed to taste like animal meat. Burgers, or any types of sandwiches for that matter, can be made with anything, and they all have their own unique flavors.

The Health Debate About Meatless Meat

After reading an article at Healthline, I’m inclined to believe that most health-related professionals dislike meatless meat. Especially meatless meat that tastes like real animal meat.

I’m eager to try it out. I recently looked for the burger patties at the local base commissary, and they were sold out. The Burger King venue in the food court of the base exchange wasn’t carrying burgers made by Impossible Foods yet.

I understand that there will be meatless meat versions of tacos and chicken products at some fast food places pretty soon. I’d like to try those out as well.

The Best Reason to Avoid Real Animal Meat

As the human population grows, more and more animals have to be raised to feed the population with animal products. Not only does it take away from land that can be farmed, it takes away from land where people can live. Eventually, land will be scarce and meat prices will soar, far higher than they are today.

Here’s a link to a YouTube video that shows a sow farm: Sandy Creek Lane. Pigs aren’t the only animals raised like that. It’s all so “antiseptic” and machine-like. It almost makes me want to avoid real animal meat completely and I don’t want to be a vegetarian.

I belong to a different kind of PETA. Instead of “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals”, it’s “People Eating Tasty Animals”. That’ll change if I can’t stomach eating real animal meat anymore. To paraphrase a common trope on message boards:

“I welcome our new meatless meat overlords.”

Update September 20, 2019

I arrived at Schofield Barracks early enough to stop and eat at the base exchange food court when taking my daughter-in-law to a clinic appointment. She bought me an Impossible Whopper at Burger King. I really could <em>not</em> tell the difference between that and a regular Whopper.

Photo Attribution: Ofer Kor [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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RT Cunningham
September 18, 2019
Food and Drink