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posted by martyb on Saturday April 06 2019, @09:54PM   Printer-friendly
from the Tastes-like-real-meat-dept dept.

After a vegan cheeseburger crashed and burned Burger King has successfully rolled out a true alternative to meat burgers for vegans working with Impossible Foods to make the vegan Impossible Burger. First thought to be an April Fools joke, the Impossible Burger is now on the menu at St. Louis with one carnivore inclined customer saying that he would not have known that it was plant-based.

Finally, the last barrier to mankind heading for the stars has been reached.


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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 06 2019, @10:00PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 06 2019, @10:00PM (#825519)

    "he would not have known that it was plant-based", which means that it's so unbelievably transformed that it cannot possibbly be healthier that its meat counterpart.

    But then, "veganism" has never been about healthy eating anyway.

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  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 06 2019, @10:17PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 06 2019, @10:17PM (#825525)

    Dumb assumption

  • (Score: 2) by Immerman on Sunday April 07 2019, @03:50AM

    by Immerman (3985) on Sunday April 07 2019, @03:50AM (#825628)

    Not really. From the sound of it, it's a pretty typical veggie-burger, only with more effort put in to getting the texture right since they managed to solve the flavor problem by using heme - the iron-rich oxygen-transporting molecule responsible for giving blood (and thus meat) much of its color and flavor.

    The fun part is they brew the heme like beer, using yeast genetically modified to produce the same heme molecule found in soybean roots (which apparently is a close substitute for mammal heme only, I assume, more compatible with splicing the controlling genes into yeast.

    Quite aside from being a "miraculous" food additive, it seems to me that the ability to brew heme by the barrel could eventually also have great benefits as a feed stock for artificial blood production.

  • (Score: 2) by arslan on Monday April 08 2019, @03:55AM

    by arslan (3462) on Monday April 08 2019, @03:55AM (#826061)

    This. It's so sad but true. We see lots of ads all the time saying, same amount of protein, taste, smell, texture, blah blah blah. However, one missing information is always how our body process it. It processes animal protein different than non-animal protein (i.e. digestion, absorption, etc.) and that is always missing in the information - deliberately or ignorantly who knows.

    The jury's still out in terms of substituting one for the other gram for gram in the long term I would think.

  • (Score: 2) by bobthecimmerian on Monday April 08 2019, @04:38PM

    by bobthecimmerian (6834) on Monday April 08 2019, @04:38PM (#826228)

    A lot of vegans are vegan because they don't want animals to suffer, and because plant-based diets are a much smaller drain on the environment than growing plants to feed animals and then eating the animals. Cows in particular are the least environmentally efficient of the common meat sources - if you don't care about animal suffering but care about the environment, switching to chicken, turkey, lamb, and pork is better.

    I haven't had the Impossible Burger. The Beyond Meat Burger, which flat out tastes good (unlike most veggie burgers) is basically nutritionally identical to a beef burger in total calories, fats, and protein, it just has 4 grams of fiber and 3 grams of other carbohydrates. It's not cheap, though.