The Impossible Burger Vs. Beyond Burger: What’s The Healthiest Option? | You Versus Food | Well+Good


(upbeat music) – Hi, I’m Tracy Lockwood Beckerman. I’m a registered
dietitian in New York City and it’s my job to help you
figure out what to eat and why. Today, we’re talking about a meaty topic in the food world at the moment: Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat. Meat from plants, say what? These two companies have taken
the food industry by storm as plant-based alternatives to meat. Vegans, vegetarians, and
even meat-eaters worldwide are rushing their buns over
to hundreds of grocery stores and restaurants that have
caught on to the trends since these two companies made
headlines earlier this year. The Impossible Burger is a plant-based, nut-free, dairy-free burger that’s won over fans around the world. It’s even been popping up at Burger Kings, Applebees, and White Castles as a plant-based but no
less tasty alternative to the classic American burger. The Impossible Burger is
made from pea protein, soy protein concentrate, coconut oil, sunflower oil, yeast, and potato protein. It contains methylcellulose, a common culinary binder
found in ice cream and sauces to help keep all the good stuff together. Now, for the chem class breakdown. The Impossible Burger
contains a ton of vitamin B12 and 25% of iron, which
are both fab for energy. It has a lot of thiamine, which is imperative for
a healthy nervous system, and to keep electrolytes balanced, and a fantastic amount of zinc. 50%, to keep our hormone’s level AF. The latest formulation uses soy as its major source of protein. In order to recreate the
iron, or heme, found in meat, Impossible Foods uses a
genetically modified ingredient, known as soy leghemoglobin, which is an iron containing molecule found naturally in soy plants. This helps the burger resemble real meat in taste and aesthetics, but more importantly
bumps up the iron content. Just to be clear, soy is
not bad for you health. In fact, studies has linked
higher soy food consumption with reduced breast cancer risk. And while longterm
research is still pending, soy leghemoglobin was recently recognized as an FDA safe ingredient. What I can appreciate is that this company is constantly improving and
evolving for the better. Their newest formulation
now has less sodium, fewer calories, more iron,
and less saturated fat than their previous recipe iteration. So we don’t know what’s in store. In the other corner, coming in at 18 ingredients
to Impossible’s 21, there’s the mighty, the
tasty, the future of protein, the Beyond Burger! Beyond Meat is trying to
help Americans feel great about not just their health, but their efforts in saving the
planet one burger at a time. Their products are found all over the map, including hotels,
universities, and restaurants, like Subway, Just Salad,
Dunkin’ Donuts, and beyond. In addition to their burger, they’ve released other
plant-based products, like Beyond Sausage, Beyond Crumbles, and soon a plant-based
version of ground beef. Their products are vegan,
gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and nut-free. (gasps) Holy cow! The Beyond Burger is
made from pea protein, brown rice protein, mung bean
protein, refined coconut oil, and expeller pressed canola oil. It also contains mthylcellulose, that ingredient I told you
that keeps everything together. It appears to bleed from the beets and even uses apple juice
extract to help the burger brown. It also apparently marbles
and turns red to brown when cooked, like real beef. Sound unbel-eef-able. Unlike the Impossible Burger,
Beyond Meat doesn’t use soy. Not because the company
is against the use of soy, but because they’ve been
able to create a solid and heavier amino acid profile
with their protein mix. Plus, it even has more protein
than Impossible Burgers, and a standard 80/20 meat burger, and people just #stan that. Let’s talk about the oil here, folks. Beyond uses expeller pressed
canola oil and coconut oil to help mimic the flavoring
and mouth feel of a burger. There has been a lot of backlash about the use of canola oil, however, the EPA says that
canola oil’s nutrient profile is just as similar to other
vegetable oils used in food. In fact, expeller pressed
oils undergo less processing, so they tend to be higher in
nutrients and antioxidants. As for a coconut oil, saturated
fat is just saturated fat. And we’ll get to that in a sec. Onto what’s at stake. A plain old beef burger clocks
in with the highest amount of total fat, then Beyond
Meat, and then finally the Impossible Burger. Where things get kinda
fuzzy is the type of fat incorporated into the burgers. The Beyond Burger has the
least amount of saturated fat in comparison to both the
regular and Impossible Burger, but it’s not by a landslide. In fast, all three burger
choices are relatively high in the saturated fat category. Remember, that high
amounts of saturated fat, no matter if it comes
from meat or coconut oil, behaves similarly in the body and can be associated with health risks. The American Heart Association recommends replacing saturated fat, like coconut oil, with unsaturated fat, like
olive or canola oil in the diet. Both Beyond and Impossible
Burgers have more sodium than the regular burgers, but keep in mind they’re pre-seasoned. Where we really need to
watch our sodium overall, is in the foods we pair our burgers with, like the buns, the sauces
and the condiments. In general, we consume
too much salt as a nation. Bumping up the odds for
stroke, high blood pressure, and heart disease. No need to get salty about
it, it’s just the truth! As for protein, all are excellent sources
of protein, actually. And stack up pretty closely. However, Beyond Burger
pulls ahead by one gram and that deserves a patty on the back. There’s actually more
iron, double the amount, in both the alt burgers
than in regular meat. It’s important to note that
the iron in the regular burger is more readily available
to absorb in the body than the plant-based
iron in the alt burgers. That being said, pair some
vitamin C with the alt burgers. Did someone say juicy tomato? To make iron more accessible
to the body to soak up. Well done. The regular burger is
the only patty at fault for even having cholesterol, since cholesterol only
comes from animal products. Let’s review the pop quiz. Are both the Impossible Burger and the Beyond Burger processed? Yes. Are plant-based alternatives
in general healthier than red meat? Probably. Should you eat these burgers every day? No. When it comes to plant-based alternatives, we’re really looking to them
as an environmentally friendly option, rather than a
magical healthy burger swap. What we do know is that
eating more plants in general can benefit your health, and that’s something I can root for. Therefore, say it with me. Moderation, moderation, moderation. We’ll see you next time for
another episode of You Vs. Food. Until we meat again. Hello, is it meat you’re looking for? That’s right it is. Go and subscribe to Well
+ Good’s YouTube channel, for more of meat. Hey you, I hope you have a whopping day.

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