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Since they've just recently hit the mainstream, the Beyond Burger, Impossible Burger, and other products like them haven't been widely or independently studied, and there's no research on the long-term health impacts of eating them.
But some nutritionists have expressed doubts about faux meats' health value, including for pregnant women and children. Samantha Schleiger, an integrative dietitian based near Milwaukee, says the labeling on these products may make them sound healthy. But in reality, they're highly processed and packed with complicated ingredients, she said. You're probably better off just eating the real thing, she told BabyCenter.
"It's definitely not the 'best' option in terms of optimal prenatal nutrition," Schleiger said. "In the case of either of these foods, we're looking at around 18 different ingredients, whereas grass-fed beef (for example), contains just that: beef."
Take the Beyond Burger. It has 22 ingredients, which include pea protein isolate, expeller-pressed canola oil, coconut oil, cellulose from bamboo, and methylcellulose. The top two ingredients – pea protein and canola oil – are highly processed, Schleiger said.
Meanwhile, the Impossible Burger contains 21 ingredients, topped by water and soy protein concentrate. For some women and children, soy products can be a source of allergies, Schleiger said. Some soy may also carry residue of a controversial herbicide called glyphosate, although the Food and Drug Administration maintains these residue levels are too low to be of concern to human health.
Lack of research on long-term consumption of faux meat and some of the ingredients it contains makes it difficult to recommend it to pregnant women and children, Schleiger concluded. Eating a Beyond or Impossible burger once in a while is probably okay, she said. But she cautions against making these products a regular part of your diet."I'd recommend a pregnant mama go with a non-isolate form of protein, such as grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, wild-caught fish, pastured eggs, or legumes," she said.
If you're concerned about sustainability, try slightly reducing the amount of meat you use and adding extra vegetables such as mushrooms, chopped spinach, and onions to increase volume and flavor, she said.
"Beyond and Impossible burgers may reduce your carbon footprint," Schleiger said. "However, that doesn't mean these products are a healthier option than whole, real foods."
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