Plant-based meals have become a significant trend in the food industry in the past few years – cruelty-free, healthier and better for the environment. Plant-based food is simply a better alternative.
Plant-based meats are foods made exclusively from plants offering a vegetarian alternative to meats made from animals. These plant-based meats can take several forms including sausages, nuggets, steaks or burgers and are made mainly with vegetables, legumes and grains such as peas, soybeans, lentils, quinoa. They come in an impressive variety of flavours and textures but are all cruelty-free.
Competing in texture and taste is a step-forward in offering an alternative to traditional meats but are plant-based burgers healthier? Will we have a deficit in protein if we don’t go for the real meat option?
Plant-based foods are often considered much healthier than animal-based ones as they provide high protein levels on top of offering a variety of whole and minimally processed vegetables, grains, legumes and nuts. All plant-based foods are free of cholesterol and do not contain the high levels of saturated fat found in many animal proteins. Cholesterol is known to be linked to heart disease and strokes, the leading cause of death globally.
If you want to be sure to choose the healthiest alternatives, always refer to the nutrition labels.
On top of being as good in taste and better than meat for your body, plant-based foods are also praised for being better for the environment. One of the major issues of global warming is agriculture and specifically animal agriculture due to its huge water consumption to produce meat.
On the other hand, plant-based foods require fewer resources, namely land and water, to be produced. For instance, a 2018 University of Michigan study, commissioned by Beyond Meat, found that the Beyond Burger “generates 90% less greenhouse gas emissions, requires 46% less energy, has 99% less impact on water scarcity, and 93% less impact on land use than a ¼ pound of U.S. beef”. Plant-based food is simply more sustainable.
Choosing plant-based burgers is also going for the humane option as no animal will have had to live or die in miserable conditions to be served as a steak.
Following our recent survey, you helped us imagine what our new menu would look like. We need you to help us finalise it by voting for your favourite burger!
The winner will be announced in our next blog post and will appear on our new plant-based menu!