Beyond Meat is so popular right now and is paving the way for more meat-eaters to open up to the idea of eating more plant-rich food. It is unfortunate though that processed food consumption is increasing. While plant-based burgers are better for the environment and animals, it may not be the best for your health, especially if you are dealing with obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients of Beyond Meat:
🍔 Pea Protein*,
🍔 Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil – Canola oil has always been suspect and put in the category of a low quality oil because it may contain up to 4.2% of trans fats. We know that trans fats are harmful even in small amounts, which is why the World Health Organization has called for global elimination of artificial trans fats in food by 2023.
🍔 Refined Coconut Oil – It’s best for type 2 diabetics, especially if they have high insulin resistance, to avoid all oils. In particular, coconut oil causes greater fat buildup and higher insulin resistance in the liver, which leads to insulin resistance which is what type 2 diabetes is.
🍔 Rice Protein,
🍔 Natural Flavors – this could be anything, even human parts as we discussed on the blog. Learn more about food label claims here.
🍔 Cocoa Butter – I used this on my skin back in Chicago. It helped keep my skin smooth and warm during the extremely cold winter months. Cocoa butter is the fat of the chocolate and consuming it orally is shown to raise cholesterol.
🍔 Mung Bean Protein,
🍔 Potato Starch,
🍔 Apple Extract,
🍔 Pomegranate Extract,
🍔 Salt – This is used to make anything taste great right but excess salt consumption is associated with stroke risk and stomach cancer. The American Heart Association is encouraging folks to consume less than 1,500 mg of sodium per day. Two of the Beyond Meat patties (one package) takes you almost halfway there for the day, with 700 mg of sodium.
🍔 Potassium Chloride – not to be confused with potassium from an actual banana, potassium chloride, also known as potassium salt, is used as a medication to treat low blood potassium and should NOT be used by folks who have diabetes.
🍔 Lemon Juice Concentrate,
🍔 Sunflower Lecithin,
🍔 Beet Juice Extract (for color)
This is how you make a healthy burger. Or this or this.
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