Plant-based meat has taken the world by storm, because it mimic the texture of real beef. The mission of Beyond Meat is to positively impact four growing global issues: human health, climate change, constraints on natural resources, and animal welfare, by shifting from animal to plant-based meat. They believe that there is a better way to feed our future and that the positive choices we all make, no matter how small, can have a great impact on our personal health and the health of our planet.
Beyond Meat’s plant-based meats are made by combining expert innovation with simple, non GMO ingredients. They provide the meaty experience you crave without compromise. They provide the meaty experience you crave without compromise. Our products provide higher or equal protein levels than similar animal products, no cholesterol, less saturated fat, and no antibiotics or hormones.
A peer-reviewed Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) conducted by the University of Michigan compared the environmental impact of Beyond burgers with 1/4 pound American beef burgers. The Beyond Burger is considered functionally and nutritionally similar to beef. As a result, ”Beyond Burger" consumes 99% less water, 93% less land, and 46% less energy than beef burgers, and generates 90% less greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE).
The Beyond Burger has a long list of ingredients. It contains:
Water, Pea Protein Isolate, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Refined Coconut Oil, Contains 2% or less of the following: Cellulose from Bamboo, Methylcellulose, Potato Starch, Natural Flavor, Maltodextrin, Yeast Extract, Salt, Sunflower Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Dried Yeast, Gum Arabic, Citrus Extract (to protect quality), Ascorbic Acid (to maintain color), Beet Juice Extract (for color), Acetic Acid, Succinic Acid, Modified Food Starch, Annatto (for color).
Recently, the clinical research findings of "Beyond Meat" plant-based products were published in the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition". In a study conducted at Stanford University, researchers evaluated the effects of replacing animal meat with plant-based meat on cholesterol levels (including LDL), heart disease risk factors including TMAO levels and body weight, and when participants replaced animal-based meat with plant-based meat, it was found that key health indicators have improved.
Beyond Meat uses pea protein instead of soy protein, its red color comes from beet extract. All of Beyond Meat products are certified vegan by the Vegan Action Foundation. It is made from only plant products and designed to emulate the taste and texture of real beef. Your comfort level with that depends on your stance on food engineering.
More and more people are choosing to eat less meat for various reasons, such as personal health concerns and the environmental impact of animal agriculture.