Gray Matter


Meatless Meat With Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods

RT Cunningham | September 13, 2020 (UTC) | Food and Drink

meatless meatThere are a lot of things being said about the meatless meat we’re encountering these days. Most of it’s negative, ignoring the best reason in the world to avoid real animal meat. I’ll get to that reason in a minute.

In September 2019, I arrived at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii early enough to stop and eat at the base exchange food court when taking my daughter-in-law to a clinic appointment during her pregnancy. She bought me an Impossible Whopper at Burger King. I really could not tell the difference between that and a regular Whopper.

I haven’t tasted anything else made by Beyond Meat or Impossible Foods, and I don’t care to taste anything else. Not only that, I’m not a big burger fan to begin with, and I can’t see myself eating other meat substitutes.

Veggie Burgers are the Original Meatless Meat Burgers

To quote from an article at Cooking Light:

Veggie burgers can be made with chickpeas, black beans, white beans, potatoes, lentils, and pretty much any other vegetable that can be mashed and formed into a patty. And made right, they’re delicious — but fragile. Even with binders like breadcrumbs, oats, egg whites, or farina, veggie burger patties tend to be delicate things that don’t fare well on the grill.

Unlike the new burgers from Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, those burgers don’t taste anything like animal meat. I don’t think they’re supposed to taste like animal meat. Burgers, or any types of sandwiches for that matter, can be made with anything, and they all have their own unique flavors.

The Health Debate About Meatless Meat

After reading an article at Healthline, I’m inclined to believe that most health-related professionals dislike meatless meat. Especially meatless meat that tastes like real animal meat.

I understand that there will be meatless meat versions of tacos and chicken products (or they already exist) at some fast food places pretty soon. I think I’ll skip taste-testing any of those.

The Best Reason to Avoid Real Animal Meat

As the human population grows, more and more animals have to be raised to feed the population with animal products. Not only does it take away from land that can be farmed, it takes away from land where people can live. Eventually, land will be scarce, and meat prices will soar, far higher than they are today.

Here’s a link to a YouTube video that shows a sow farm: Sandy Creek Lane. Pigs aren’t the only animals raised like that. It’s all so antiseptic and machine-like. It almost makes me want to avoid real animal meat completely, and I don’t even want to be a vegetarian.

I belong to a different kind of PETA. Instead of “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals”, it’s “People Eating Tasty Animals”. That’ll change if I can’t stomach eating real animal meat anymore. To paraphrase a common trope on message boards, I may end up saying:

“I welcome our new meatless meat overlords.”

Photo Attribution: Dllu / CC BY SA
Edited and updated. Originally published at one of my other websites in September 2019.

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