The asterisks denote ingredients which are either suspicious or highly-processed. While the Beyond Burger appears “cleaner”, it still contains highly processed ingredients like pea protein and canola oil. While pea protein can be allergenic and present issues for people with gout (plus it doesn't contain any essential fatty acids) (1), canola oil is highly refined, most often rancid (think inflammatory, from plants genetically modified to withstand more herbicides (3), and can still contain traces of hexane, the solvent used in extraction (2).
The Impossible Burger, along with its long list of ingredients, contains genetically-modified soy as its base ingredient, including soy protein isolate, which is typically extracted using hexane—the residues of which are often left in higher concentrations than are deemed “safe”. Both products also contain methylcellulose, a cheap filler used to add bulk to food products which has been linked to promoting the growth of colon cancer (4).
You might have seen news articles from 2019 circulating the internet when Dr. Frank Mitloehner of UC Davis posted a side-by-side of the ingredient lists from the Impossible Burger, Beyond Burger, and vegan dog food on social media to see if readers could distinguish them (hint: they couldn't). Read the article yourself to compare the long list of highly refined ingredients in all three! We certainly wouldn't feed ourselves, or our dogs, any of these.
Not only is beef a naturally complete protein, but it has bioavailable fat soluble vitamins, and contains healthful compounds like conjugated linoleic acid, essential fatty acids, and trace minerals. Think of 100% grass-fed beef as a multivitamin on a plate! With our beef you know exactly what is in your burger.
Plus, in addition to being less processed, did you know that eating meat in childhood is linked to becoming stronger and more intelligent? (5) And that consumption of red meat in childhood may be linked to being healthier in your adult years? (6)
So you tell us which is the better choice: New-fangled vegan products which contain a host of ultra-processed ingredients that are bodies have only recently had to start digesting?
Or a clean, nutrient-dense product which our ancestors have been eating since the beginning of time? We encourage you to do the research for yourself!
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