Are plant-based burgers better for you?

According to experts, substituting real meat with more fish and plant-based proteins like these burgers is a step in the right direction, but make sure to look at the ingredients. Beyond Meat

Plant-based burgers have soared in popularity over the past couple of years. Are these meat alternatives healthier for you than the real thing? Introducing more plant-based foods in your diet is a good thing, says Katherine Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic registered dietitian nutritionist, but pay attention to the ingredients.

It looks like a burger. It cooks like a burger. Some say it tastes similar to a burger. But is it healthier?

“It really depends on how that plant-based burger is made.”

Katherine Zeratsky says the benefit of plant-based burgers usually comes in the form of fiber and other nutrients. But then comes the issue of fat.

“Some plant-based burgers are going to have added fat, and oftentimes, the added fat is a saturated fat.”

Commonly added fats are coconut oil or palm oil. Like with natural meat burgers, saturated fats can be concerning.

“Saturated fat has an association with raising our bad cholesterol, and the concern is that it may increase our heart disease risk.”

High sodium and calories also can make a dent in health benefits of a veggie burger.

Along with added fiber, there’s another benefit to a plant-based diet.

“This is an opportunity to allow someone who enjoys meat to have something that is similar to that, yet is less impactful on the environment.”

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KRobbins

You shouldn’t make a steady diet out of them because they are just as high in calories. I see that with the plant-based Whopper. As the article says, it’s better for the environment. The meat industry is incredibly damaging to the planet. And plant-based meat doesn’t have the growth hormones and antibiotics that are pumped into animals. Speaking of them, they spend their short lives being tortured. Besides, a lot of the fake meat is really pretty good. Morningstar has some good stuff and there are others that are even better. Some of the hot dogs taste better than the original. In the case of the dogs, they’re much lower in calories.

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