If you thought Beyond Burgers were amazing in 2019, just prep yourself for something that will take this concept of plant-based meat to another level. Health experts are now saying that companies are jumping on the bandwagon by introducing plant-based fish and chicken.
Vegan brands such as Gardein, Good Catch, and Chloe have not only shifted their formulas to rely less heavily on soy, but they have also found creative ways to eliminate meat—all while still providing the flavor and consistency of meat. “When people are looking to go plant-based or meatless, they want more than just burgers,” stated the vice president and general manager of Gardein, Tara Rozalowsky, in an interview with Well and Good.
“Chicken is the number one protein eaten at home and in restaurants, and fish has incredibly broad popularity,” Rozalowsky continued. Although many credit the shift in meatless to plant-based meats to that of improved health, some admit that the trend is more economical than most might think. The moment Beyond Burger gained economic and social popularity, many companies took notice and did what they felt would help them to profit from the new concept of a meatless society.
Whether you agree with living a meatless life or not, one thing is for certain; the concept of plant-based meats is growing and gaining popularity. Medical experts praise the new trend because they agree that meat increases a person’s risk of heart disease—thanks to the fat contained in the meat.
Additionally, most complain that meats are filled with deadly ingredients and fillers that have proven to be a hazard to a person’s health. Meatless products have found ways to use ingredients from mushrooms, beans, and rice to create a “meat concept” that has the ability to look and feel like meat—all without the harmful ingredients.
Where there is good there is also bad
Without a doubt, meatless options assist with creating a sustainable nutrient-rich substitute for fish, chicken, and beef. Not only are animals saved from being slaughtered for our consumption, but we are extending our lives by eating foods that fail to contain deadly hormone-induced chemicals. Although most would argue that a meatless society is a great option, there are those who heavily disagree.
According to Web MD, a solely plant-based diet can put a person at risk of strokes, harm to the brain, hair loss, and even depression. “Vegetarian diets are definitely lower in a nutrient known as choline. This nutrient is important for brain health and other functions and can only be found in most meats.”
In addition to certain health risks, many medical experts believe that many companies might try and supplement important omega oils, and other vital nutrients found in meat, with ingredients that have yet to be fully tested. Finally, many medical experts suggest that those who eat plant-based meats continue taking supplements to ensure they replace the nutrients that aren’t contained within soy products.
Overall wellness is something that is the responsibility of each individual person. Whether society decides that plant-based meats are the latest trends or not, each person must decide for themselves if this is the right plan for them.