I was reading a blog the other day from a dietitian. She had mentioned how much she liked the brand Morningstar Farms. I assume she likes them because she believes they are a healthy option since she is not a vegetarian. I question the assumption that they are healthier.
Morningstar farms makes lots of different vegetarian products. Many of them are made to replace an equivalent animal-type product. Here are just a few examples of their products.
|Veggie sausage; Veggie Buffalo Wings; Veggie Chicken Nuggets, Veggie Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit and Veggie Chili. Source|
For this post I decided to look at the Grillers 1/4 Pound Burger.
And this is the ingredients list:
TEXTURED VEGETABLE PROTEIN (SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, WHEAT GLUTEN, WATER FOR HYDRATION), CORN OIL, EGG WHITES, CALCIUM CASEINATE, CONTAINS TWO PERCENT OR LESS OF MODIFIED TAPIOCA STARCH, ONION POWDER, MIXED TRIGLYCERIDES, CANOLA OIL, HYDROLYZED VEGETABLE PROTEIN (CORN GLUTEN, WHEAT GLUTEN, SOY PROTEIN), DEXTROSE, SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, SALT, YEAST EXTRACT, SUGAR, CARAMEL COLOR, WHEY*, METHYLCELLULOSE, SPICE, GARLIC POWDER, MALTODEXTRIN, DISODIUM INOSINATE, DISODIUM GUANYLATE, SOY SAUCE (WATER, SOYBEANS, SALT, ETHYL ALCOHOL, WHEAT), AUTOLYZED YEAST EXTRACT, ASCORBIC ACID, THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B1), NIACINAMIDE, SESAME SEED OIL, SOY LECITHIN, IRON (FERROUS SULFATE), THIAMIN MONONITRATE (VITAMIN B1), PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2), VITAMIN B12.Pretty scary.
*ADDS A TRIVIAL AMOUNT OF CHOLESTEROL.
Now to compare, I chose a Bubba burger.
Now the caveat is that although the Bubba burger has only one ingredient, beef, we don't know how that cow was raised. They could have lived in a CAFO, shot up with antibiotics and fed unable-to-digest GMO grain.
However, I still prefer the bubba over the veggie. Those ingredients in the veggie burger are scarier to me. The ideal would be a burger that comes from cows that were grass-fed in a pasture. To find sources for this kind of meat visit eatwild.com.
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