January 10, 2020
I have to admit – I LOVE THE BEYOND BURGER. To me, it tastes like meat, but at the same time – WAYYYYY better than meat! I actually have no idea if it’s good for me though. So today, I wanna dive deep into the world of the Beyond Burger to see how much I should actually be having of this stuff. Also – is it any healthier than meat? Because I could eat this stuff for the rest of my life and I’d be super satisfied never having beef again. Is it too good to be true?
A 100% plant based burger that “looks, cooks, and tastes” like a beef burger but without the environmental and health problems that can come from red meat. Because beets are one of the ingredients, the burger even changes color as you cook it, to mimic the bloodiness of beef. Wow, they thought of everything.
Beyond Burger versus a regular beef burger?
This is a nutrition label comparison of 4 oz of Beyond Meat versus 4 oz of 85% lean, 15% fat ground beef. By the way, from observation, the beef patties sold fresh right next to where Beyond Meat is being sold is made of 100% beef, which is why I chose the comparison below.
Macronutrient wise, you can see that the Beyond burger is 30 more calories per serving, has 3g more fat, has 305mg more sodium, has 5g more carbs (of which 3g are fiber, so really only 2g more net carbs), and 1g less protein.
I wouldn’t really count the sodium against the Beyond Burger as it’s already been seasoned, whereas the regular beef one hasn’t. Overall, it’s pretty comparable with the beef patty!
What’s the Beyond Burger made of?
I went on the Beyond Meat website and found this:
I counted 19 ingredients on the Beyond Meat burger, whereas the ground beef above has 1 ingredient: beef.
So, what’s healthier?
If you’re looking to go meatless, Beyond Burger makes it easy to make the transition because it tastes so good! Calories and macro wise, it’s comparable to a regular beef burger, so you won’t be saving any calories. And as for the answer to the question “Is it healthier for you?” My answer is – it depends.
If you’re a vegan or vegetarian looking for a solid source of protein that aligns with your morals, then yeah, it’s wayyyyy better than a beef burger!
If you’re an omnivore or carnivore, you have the freedom to make the choice that’s right for you. And I guess it will come down to price, taste, and personal preference.
But overall, the two are quite comparable macronutrient wise which is pretty awesome. I’ve been eating my Beyond Burger with salad and cauliflower rice with coconut aminos and sriracha and it’s been tasting AMAZING. BTW this is not a sponsored post. I just really like the burger.
My only complaint is that since I’ve gone meatless, I’ve been having more digestive issues. I don’t know why, but I have a hunch that it’s all the fake meat product I’ve been consuming. I don’t think it’s because of all the fiber I’m getting from my fruits and veggies because I always eat tons of produce. I don’t know if it’s the soy or something else…but something isn’t sitting quite right.
Yesterday’s Day 9 Food Log:
Started the day with some edamame.
Then a kombucha for the probiotics!
Brunch was eggs with mushrooms, homemade guac, cauliflower rice, and home pickled cucumbers!
Snacked on some toasted coconut chips. SO GOOD. These are addicting.
Also snacked on some Tom Yum cashews! YUMMMMM.
Dinner was the bulgogi protein bowl from Veggie Grill again. I don’t know what this fake beef is made of, but I think it’s this that is the cause of my digestive issues.
Dessert was mangoes and my spicy, sweet, and salty dip!
There ya have it! Hope you learned something today. Have you had the chance to try a Beyond Burger or an Impossible Burger? What do you think?