Plant Based Fast Food Isn’t Health Food

by birtanpublished on September 2, 2020

Plant-based meats are all the rage popular fast-food restaurants but are they healthier for you than their meat counterparts that's the topic of this week's healthcare triage according to market research the demand

For plant-based proteins is growing rapidly in the United States and the fast food industry is responding whitecastle introduced their impossible sliders last year and Burger King went nationwide with their impossible

Whoppers and August both of which are of course made with the soybean based meat substitute created by the impossible Foods Company Subway is exploring the option of plant-based meatballs made from the pea protein based meat

Substitute created by the beyond meat company del taco has beyond tacos Carl's jr. offers up there beyond famous star burger and KFC is now testing beyond meat meatless fried chicken but these aren't the first meatless products to be

Offered by fast-food companies veggie sliders are on the menu at White Castle Burger King has long offered a veggie burger Carl's jr. offers the veget guacamole burger and Del Taco has a myriad of Milla's options like the

8-layer veggie burrito has does subway with options like the veggie Delite so what's the big deal with impossible and beyond meats when we already have so many vegetarian options for starters impossible and beyond meats were created

To emulate the texture and taste of actual meat whereas the taste and texture of veggie patties is immediately disser noble from that of a meat patty the plant-based meat patties look and taste much more like they're meat

Counterparts the impossible burger even bleeds like me thanks to the use of heme a meat protein that the impossible company produces from yeast these meat like quality's likely appeal more to non vegetarians who would consider meat

Replacements but don't enjoy the taste or texture of vegetable or being based alternatives or to people who simply enjoy the taste of a hamburger we know that cutting back on meat consumptions better for the planet more

On the caveats of that next week's episode but that's not the only reason plant-based meters on the vegetarian and non-vegetarian minds alike demands for meatless products is rising partly because consumers perceive them as being

Better for health than meat based options and that's where we're gonna take exception people we're still talking about fast food it's highly processed and there's a bunch of issues whether it's meat based or not in terms

Of nutritional value the plant-based alternatives aren't that different from the meat products when you compare the numbers in fast-food language plant-based does not translate to healthy take the impossible whopper it

Has only 30 fewer calories than a regular whopper 630 as opposed to 660 34 grams of fat compared to a regular whoppers 40 grams 11 as opposed to 12 grams of saturated fat and it has a thousand and 80 milligrams of sodium a

Hundred milligrams more than its meaty counterpart it also offers three grams fewer of protein and only two more grams of fiber likewise the impossible slider at White Castle and beyond tacos from Del Taco

Aren't a great switch in terms of nutritional value the per calorie values for most nutrients are roughly the same meaning both are about equivalent and things like fat and sodium in fact despite a whopping 40 grams of fat in

1500 and 50 milligrams of sodium Carl's jr. list there beyond famous burger under the better for you options tab on their website why because public perception is that plant-based equals healthy and a good marketing team knows

How to work with public perception as for the meatless chicken tenders going with this option in lieu of the regular tenders only saves you 10 calories and one gram of fat if your focus is on animal welfare this could turn out great

For you if meatless fried chicken ends up being delicious but if health is the motivator for changing your meat eating ways this isn't really a viable alternative given that it's you know still fried fast-food I realized that

Many people will say the health benefit reside from the elimination of red and processed meat from one's diet those people probably don't watch many healthcare triage videos and they definitely haven't read my book because

I've been saying it as a series of recently published meta analyses support the evidence for a link between meat and poor health is well poor unless you're eating enormous amounts of meat every day the current evidence simply doesn't

Support reducing consumption for clinically significant healthier outcomes if you know me you know I'm not here to demonize any particular food the occasional fast-food aliens meat based or not isn't going to kill you if going

Meatless better aligns with your earth and ethics related values great just don't use the meatless options with the plant-based tagline as an excuse to over indulge in something that at surface value to be a health

Conscious choice but definitely is not hey did you like this episode you might enjoy this other episode on red meat and cancer from just a couple months ago we'd also like to ask you to like the video and subscribe to the show if you

Feel so inclined and another good way to support the show is at patreon.com slash healthcare triage where you can't make the show bigger and better just like a research associate Joe 7th and of course our surgeon Admiral Sam

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