Beyond Meat's "meatier" plant-based burger.
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A vegan with high cholesterol sounds almost as paradoxical as a hamburger without meat. Not only do both exist, but they both share common ancestors – Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods.
The health conscious and environmentally awake population in America has characterized these two companies as heirs of the vegan throne and pushes the country to a meatless yet tasty future. However, dietitians have mixed feelings about whether these plant-based products should be considered "healthy".
"They are not much healthier than a meat-based burger," says Julieanna Hever, a plant-based dietitian and the author of Plant Based Nutrition (Idiot's Guides) . "I'm worried about the saturated fat levels as well as the large amounts of amino acids."
An impossible burger actually contains 40% of the recommended daily intake of saturated fat, while Beyond Burger favors a little better at 30%.
The implications of "health halo" consumers place on plant-based meat have been translated directly directly into Hevers' dietary dietary experience.
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The problem, according to Hever, does not exist on the nutrition label itself – as in the case of both Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods is available to review, but not easy for the average eater to understand – but the context in which consumers choose to Eat the product. She doesn't think that all vegan foods are created equally.
"If [consumers] comes to a fast food restaurant and they want a burger anyway, it's better to get the plant-based burger," says Hever. "But if they are going to go with a healthy health meal or a plant-based burger, I'd rather have the whole plant meal. You will not be promoting chronic overcoating and getting an excessive dose of saturated fats and protein and calories. "
In fact, the fast food industry has already started an alternative meat weapon race, where many of the major brands are running to add these plant-based options to their menus.
Reduction of Red Meat Consumption
Plant-based Dietician and Author Sharon Palmer believes that the analysis of the health effects of burgers should include factors outside of what is written on the nutrition label.
"Research shows that red meat has been associated with many health risks," Palmer said. From looking at nutrients and looking at more of a plant-based diet and reducing red consumption of meat, it is another aspect. So these products can help you reduce your red meat consumption. "Palmer also said that while the saturated fat content of both burgers must be monitored, it cannot be vegan, following a strict plant-based diet and therefore Don't Eat Many Saturated Fats Everywhere An impossible food spokeswoman noted that its burger has so much bioavailable iron and protein as a comparable serving of cow's dairy meat, and Impossible Burger has 0 mg of cholesterol compared to a quarter of a pound. "Conventional" 80/20 "patty from cows having about 80 mg of cholesterol. Beyond Burger also has no cholesterol, although both are still high in saturated fat.
Every diet expert showed much concern about the citizen's sodium levels or Impossible Foods' use of GMOs, both of which have been past the jabs at the company. A 2016 study from the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine found no significant difference in the health risks between genetically modified crops and regular crops.
"No one is getting chronic diseases from GMOs," says Hever. "We get chronic diseases and obesity from chronic overload. We eat too much and too many of the wrong foods."
Saturated fats may increase the levels of cholesterol and low density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad") cholesterol in the blood, according to the FDA, and may increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States  Dr. Dariush Ajami, head of the innovation producer Beyond Meat, noted in an email that Beyond Sausages has 38% less saturated fat than traditional pork, and the new, more fleshy Beyond Burger and Beyond Beef have 25% less saturated fat than 80/20 beef. "It is critical to note that it is not just the level of saturated fat, but the type of saturated fats. Not all saturated fats are created equal and the saturated fats found in our products come from coconut oil, cocoa butter and rapeseed oil. "
Health consequences of saturated fats may change depending on the source of fats. A Harvard study showed that people with a higher intake of plant-based fats have a 16% lower risk of dying for some reason, while people with a higher intake of animal fat had a 21% higher risk.
The Impossible Foods spokeswoman said the company is still striving to lower the amount of saturated fat as much as possible, as people can have high cholesterol as a result of genetics and need to see their dietary intake of both cholesterol and saturated fats (and carbs). The company works on Impossible Burger prototypes with lower amounts of saturated fat.
Protein and Disease
Hever cares that too much focus is put on protein diets in general. The plant-based burgers are designed to mimic the protein content of animal-based burgers because "people are celebrating protein," she said, but it is a dangerous way of thinking about your health.
The recommended dietary supplement for protein is 0.8 g protein / kg body weight / day for adults – or 64 grams protein for a 177-lb person. For children it is 1.5 g protein / kg body weight / day and for young people 1.0 g protein / kg body weight / day.
Generally, over-consuming protein at levels higher than RDA (with protein powder and high analogue intake of meat and meat) is too common, putting people at risk of a metabolic burden on bones, kidneys and liver, and an increased risk of coronary artery disease. heart disease due to ingestion of saturated fat and cholesterol or even cancer.
"People are consuming protein and it contributes independently to chronic disease risk," Hever said.
Although Palmer made it clear, there are many healthier vegan burgers on the market, admiring Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger for their impact on leading people towards a more sustainable diet.
"Even before these burgers came together, the first generation of veggie burgers was a great gateway," Palmer said. "If people want to start eating a plant-based diet or maybe they want to try a vegan diet, [the newer burgers] are really good things to help people understand how to plan their meals as they try to negotiate the whole thing and figure out out of how to do it in a more balanced way. "
Nestle has offered more traditional veggie burgers under its Sweet Earth Foods brand and plans to introduce a more direct competitor to Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods that closely mimic meat in the US in the fall, the Awesome Burger.
By finding out the balance as the alternative meat industry grows and emerges in several American grocery stores and restaurants, Palmer maintains a simple formula for assessing the nutrient content of vegan burgers.
"When I'm a consumer and I buy these products, I like to look for those who have the lowest saturated fat. And then I can look at a good protein source," Palmer said. "You want at least seven grams [of protein] to replace an ounce of meat. I like to get at least 14 grams when I buy … I try to keep the sodium below 20% [of the recommended daily intake]."  Burger 1