What Is Beyond Burger—And Is It Healthy?
Meatless Mondays are easier than ever thanks to the bevvy of look-alike burgers in your supermarket that feature zero meat.
Yep, I'm talking about Beyond Meat and similar companies producing plant-based meats or burgers, which are still very much on the rise in North America, UK and Europe.
Beyond Burgers have a lot going for them—and they meet a legitimate need, says nutritionist Vanessa Rissetto, RD, co-founder of Culina Health. “People want to be more plant-based and healthy but also want quick and easy,” she says. “It's easier to throw a fake burger in a pan and cook it up than to get creative with beans and tofu.”
That said, though, there are some very real pros and cons to consider before diving in. “These ‘meat’ products have potential to be healthier than regular animal meat because they can be engineered to contain more protein, essential amino acids, and vitamins while reducing the amount of saturated fat and minimizing the chance of animal-borne illnesses, such as salmonella and E.coli,” Rissetto says. Nowadays, it is very common for young people to get fatty liver. So, plant-based meat is an alternative for meat lovers.
But faux-meat products like Beyond Burger aren’t perfect. “They’re highly processed foods and typically are high in sodium, which could be a problem for people with high blood pressure,” she adds.
I had this yummy Beyond Burger from Root98, an airport dining in Hong Kong International Airport. Right now, they are available in Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1. Find out more about Root98.
It may look like raw meat in the package and cook up all juicy to "medium-rare" perfection, but this trendy burger is actually totally plant-based. This is beyond burger from Root 98, an airport dining restaurant in Singapore, Hong Kong and Canada.
What is the Beyond Burger made of?
What else is in the beef doppelganger? Beyond Meat says it sources all the building blocks of meat (protein, fat, minerals, carbs, and water) from plants.
Beyond Burger, ingredients included: water, pea protein, expeller-pressed canola oil, refined coconut oil, rice protein, natural flavours, cocoa butter, mung bean protein, methylcellulose, potato starch, apple extract, pomegranate extract, salt, potassium chloride, vinegar, lemon juice concentrate, sunflower lecithin, beet juice extract.
The main protein in this new formulation comes from peas, mung beans, and brown rice—which create a complete protein, or a protein that has all nine essential amino acids. This is significant because few plant proteins are complete on their own.
How is the Beyond Burger made?
Beyond Brands won't reveal exactly how they create their products but the company site does offer up some info online about how the Beyond Burger is made: “We use a simple process of heating, cooling, and pressure to create the fibrous texture of meat and layer in plant-based fats, binders, flavours, and colours.”
Wondering where to buy the Beyond Burger?
You can buy it from Sasha fine food, one-stop fine food and a healthy food marketplace in Singapore.