Updated: May 23
Recently there has been a surge of new 'fake meat" products on the market. First of all, I do not understand the logic? If you don't eat meat why pretend to eat it in an unnatural form? There certainly must be more healthy ways
to be a Vegetarian or Vegan? So what is really in these "fake meats?" Let's take the The Burger King Impossible Whopper . The Impossible Whopper, made mostly from soy has about 44mg of estrogen compared to the Whopper which has 2.5 Ng (nano-grams). There are 1 million nano grams in one milligram. That means there is 18 million times more estrogen in the "Impossible" compared to the regular Whopper. This is the equivalent of drinking six glasses of soy milk for every "Impossible you eat." What do we know about eating too much soy? First of all, soy is one of the most pesticide sprayed crops. In addition, excess soy can increase estrogen levels. For men, this could mean an imbalance in your testosterone levels and could lead to "man boobs." This is no help to women who are estrogen dominant either.
So, am I saying to go out and eat the real version of the Whopper? Not exactly! the real Whopper may have some slight advantages to the Impossible Whopper as outlined above, but personally I wouldn't eat either. Both are high in calories at 630(IW)to 660(W). The Impossible actually out gains the Whopper in sodium 1080/980mg per sandwich. Recommended daily intake of sodium is 1500mg per day! So add fries to that meal and Bamm!, you made if for the whole day (not an achievement you want to brag about for one meal.
If you are Vegan or Vegetarian, be satisfied with the choice you made and don't substitute genetically engineered food for real whole foods. Wasn't that one of the reasons you chose to eat that way in the first place? If you do eat meat, eat grass fed beef when possible and choose more nutrient dense whole food options.
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