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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: 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.

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