Many people have asked me what I think of the Impossible Burger. So here is the list of its ingredients, and a short and simple break down of some of the questionable ones.
2019 New Impossible Burger Ingredients: Water, soy protein concentrate, coconut oil, sunflower oil, potato protein, natural flavors, 2 percent or less of leghemoglobin (soy), yeast extract, Methylcellulose, culture dextrose, salt, food starch modified, soy protein isolate, mixed tocopherols (vitamin E), sodium ascorbate (vitamin C), thiamin hydrochloride (vitamin B1), zinc gluconate, niacin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (B6), riboflavin (B12)
First of all, unless soy is labeled organic, chances are it is genetically modified to tolerate being sprayed with the extremely dangerous glyphosate herbicide. Glyphosate has been labeled as a carcinogen (cancer causing substance), and has also been linked to certain neurological disorders, inflammation, and birth defects. Another concern is the processing of soy into substances such as soy protein concentrate, leghemoglobin, and soy protein isolate. These processed soy products have not been well studied, and may also be a health concern. Consuming organic soy in the form of tofu, tempeh, edamame, miso, and tamari sauce should be the preferred ways of consuming soy products, as soy in these forms have been consumed for many, many generations with great health benefits.
Yeast extract synonymous with hydrolyzed yeast or autolyzed yeast is a type of processed taste enhancer containing glutamates, and it can be quite addicting. Consuming too much may cause problems for sensitive individuals. Although it does not contain as much glutamates as MSG (monosodium glutamate), consuming this substance on a regular basis can cause the same type of side effects.
Methylcellulose is a non- digestible chemical compound which is derived from cellulose, and consuming to much of this chemical compound may cause gastrointestinal problems such as bloating, indigestion, and constipation.
Added nutrients; Whenever synthetic vitamins and minerals are added to foods it is because these foods have been highly processed, and stripped of their original nutrients. We should be consuming foods as close to their natural state as possible with minimal processing to ensure we are receiving all the nutrients these foods naturally contain.
It the Impossible Burger a healthier alternative for the environment? Yes. Is it cruelty-free? Yes. Would I consume it? Probably not, and definitely not on a regular basis. There are so many delicious healthier alternatives available to choose from, and there are countless ways to make your own delicious veggie burgers. For recipe ideas, check out my book “Live Simply Plant Based”.
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