Faked Meat

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Normally I try to stay clear of processed and ultra-processed foods such as chips, cakes, fries, etc. Simply because I prefer healthier options, and frankly, my body can’t handle them like before. Same goes with red meat.

The other day, while shopping for ground beef, I saw this “plant-based” meat, or faked meat as I would call it. Obviously it was processed (may even be ultra-processed for all I know) but no cow was harmed in the process. The package was in a shape of a hamburger patty with a label boasting equivalent or higher protein content.

Intrigued, I decided to give it a try. The package even included a tint of red juice to emulate blood, I supposed. Treating it like the ground beef, I cooked it in a frying pan and added it to the spaghetti sauce. And as far as I could tell it tasted like the ground beef.

Now, here is my dilemma: chances are more foods will be processed, should I stick with my preference and stay away from the processed foods or selectively incorporate them into my diet? Will the processed foods be healthy enough to match the minimally processed food? What am I missing?

Do you think plant-based meats are healthy alternatives to red meats?

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2 Responses to Faked Meat

  1. OmniRunner says:

    I think the problem with processed foods is the preservatives and usually more sugar and salt.
    I understand your dilemma. These highly processed plant-based meat substitutes are supposed to be better for us and the planet. Anything that doesn’t involve a cow probably is better.
    Is the carbon foot print lower with all of the processing to make fake meat? Are there fewer and less harmful preservatives than red meat? Most ground beef has no preservatives.
    These meat substitutes are getting better but I still prefer real beef.


    • terryshen says:

      You it the nail on the head, Andy. It’s like the Covid-19 where the full story is still unfolding, hard to know whom or what to trust. What is supposed to be good for us can only be decided over time with enough data. Until then, it’s up to our own discretion. Thanks for sharing.


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