Meat Alternatives May Be Better For The Environment, And They May be Better For Your Health. But What If They’re Not?
Beyond Meats the meat alternative brand’s stock has risen over 500% since going public and it continues to grow as more and more food supplier purchase their goods. Beyond Meat is a non animal based “meat product.” So it has the taste, texture and feel of being a burger or sausage or any other plant based meat product they engineer next.
Can Our Bodies Even Digest Non-meat Meat?
But here lies the paradox. Digestion begins with sight, first you see your tasty burger and at that moment your body begins to produce enzymes to break down animal based meat proteins. And once your body is prepared to break down meat protein and you don’t introduce any. It’s going to throw your digestion all out of wack. Your body is still operating like meat is coming into your system.
Secondly, this has to be a highly processed product in order to get those correct textures, and flavors. We don’t really fully know what’s in this product. Yes it’s called plant based but that’s only the base. What other chemicals and foreign food additives are placed into this concoction to get it to that taste. I strongly doubt that this is a healthier alternative to actual organic free range pastured meat. Which has no additives yet is still very taxing on the human body.
What’s The Answer?
Lastly the argument could be made that meat alternatives have a lower impact on the environment. Which could very well be true. We don’t have the numbers on that, but I imagine harvesting all the extra ingredients as well as deriving certain chemicals and additives takes it’s toll on the environment as well. So putting this all together there’s a simple solution, if you’re going plant based, eat plants.
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