In response to the ever-growing concern about the state of our planet’s climate and the state of our animal slaughterhouses, the vegan crusaders are head-over-heels in love with a few new products that really wet their whistles. Two companies, Beyond Meat, and Impossible Foods have ushered in a new era of vegan food. Plant-based meats, that taste like real meat, with no animal killing? Well golly gee, that sounds too good to be true!
That’s because it is. The vegans can dream all they want, but real meat will never be replaced. In fact, we’re trending in the opposite direction, as global meat consumption continues to rise with a huge growing demand for the flesh of real animals.
The laboratory-concocted chemical slop that is plant-based meat is unhealthy and does not possess near the number of advantages that real meat does. Not to mention that if you want to eat this garbage, your wallet is going to take a massive hit. Most retailers are selling Beyond Burger patties at $5.99 for 8 ounces, which comes to $11.98/lb. That amount of money can get you very quality, high-grade beef in comparison.
So do you want to kill your grocery budget AND poison yourself with this synthetic, toxic sludge? If you do, than please consider the following:
Ingredients in Plant-Based Meat
Actually, “plant-based meat” doesn’t even make any sense. It’s a total misnomer. It’s like saying “dairy-based carrots”. The previous term I used is more accurate, so from here on out it will be referred to as “toxic sludge”.
So what are the ingredients in this toxic sludge? According to their website, the Beyond Burger consists of:
- pea protein isolate
- pressed canola oil
- refined coconut oil
- yeast extract
- gum arabic
- sunflower oil
- succinic acid
- acetic acid
- non-GMO modified food starch
- cellulose from bamboo
- potato starch
- beet juice extract (for color)
- vegetable glycerin
Now you can see why I called it “chemical slop”. I just imagine some witch doctor at Beyond Meat HQ teaming up with a mad scientist, stewing random shit together in a giant, boiling cauldron in some kind of Satanic cooking ritual until they come up with a product convincing enough to persuade the masses.
I take issue with many of the ingredients on this list. But before we take a dive into why, let’s have a look at the nutrition facts.
As an everyday consumer of red meat, the things that stand out most to me are the 0 mg of cholesterol, the very high sodium content, and the fat content is about 41% lower than 4 ounces of 70/30 ground beef.
These aspects bother me because cholesterol is very healthy for those of us on low-carb, keto and carnivore diets. The sodium is exactly 5x more than the same serving of the ground beef, so this is a recipe to keep you bloated with water retention. The fat content is low enough to the point where anyone who’s fat-adapted would have trouble sustaining themselves with this toxic sludge.
Going from the ingredients list, it is pretty obvious to me why we should steer clear of this fad, fake meat bullshit. The first ingredient, pea protein isolate, contains lectins that limit mineral and protein absorption, as well as causing a whole host of other issues like Crohn’s disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
The coconut oil is filled with little particles called lipopolysaccharides that are bacterial and promote bodily inflammation. These particles latch onto chylomicrons, which are droplets of fat present in the blood, and they hitch a ride to your gut wall and start wrecking havoc.
30% of Americans also carry the APOE4 gene, which is known as the “Alzheimer’s gene”. Dr. Steven Gundry recommends against using coconut oil for his patients with this gene, as “Saturated fats compete for space within the Apolipoprotein 4’s molecules ability to recycle cholesterol. No such problem exists if you don’t carry the 4.”
The canola oil found in the toxic sludge is also absolutely damaging. In 1995, Monsanto created a genetically modified version of canola oil and by 2009, 90% of canola grown was genetically engineered.
Canola is made from the rapeseed plant, which is very high in erucic acid. Studies done on laboratory animals in the early 1970s show that erucic acid appears to have toxic effects on the heart at high enough doses.
Canola oil has also been shown to shorten the lifespan of stroke-prone and hypertensive animals. Hypertensive rats, when fed canola oil as their sole source of fat, died much sooner than rats fed non-canola oil-based diets.
Another study in 2000 found that canola oil induced shortening of blood coagulation, which increased fragility in red blood cell membranes. This is what is thought the have promoted the increased occurence of strokes in the animal subjects.
The yeast extract in Beyond products is what causes the high sodium content. Remember to stay away from yeast extract if you have a problem with high blood pressure.
Maltodextrin is used as a preservative. It’s an artificially produced white powder that thickens the slop and helps bind the burger together. Maltodextrin has a very high glycemic index and spikes your blood sugar. It’s so high, it’s around double the glycemic index of table sugar. It also suppresses the growth of probiotics, adding to the escalation of gut-based ailments. There is also no nutritional value to maltodextrin. No health benefits come along with its ingestion.
Speaking of gut ailments, the gum arabic found in the toxic sludge is also known to cause digestive issues for many folks. It contains lots of fiber, which is known to cause gas, bloating, and diarrhea. Gum arabic is the main culprit in the constant bloating found in vegans.
There are different types of sunflower oil, each having its own set of benefits and drawbacks, but the folks at Beyond Meat don’t specify what kind of sunflower oil they use. However, studies have shown that sunflower oil may become carcinogenic when heated. Aldehydes are found in sunflower oil, and these are also found as industrial or environmental pollutants. They are also found in high concentrations in tobacco smoke and combustion engine exhaust. See if you can find out if Beyond Meat heats their sunflower oil because this would obviously be another reason to not eat this junk.
The food starch is the most common carbohydrate in the human diet and is contained in many staple foods of the American way of eating. You already know my problems with carbs; real food has zero of them. Nobody likes excess glucose production, so stay away from starches. Eat the optimal fuel for the human body: fat and protein.
The methylcellulose used is non-digestible and is used as a thickener. It is also the main ingredient in KY Jelly. So have fun eating that. It’s not toxic, but I don’t think the human body was designed to be consuming something that’s used as an additive in construction materials.
The inclusion of the potato starch is perhaps the scariest of all ingredients, as potato starch, when heated, creates acrylamide. Acrylamide is classified as an extremely hazardous substance in the United States, defined in Section 302 of the U.S. Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. Acrylamide is a neurotoxic chemical that has been linked to cancer. It also has known toxic effects when it comes to fertility. One of the many reasons you shouldn’t eat french fries, too! Stay away from starchy vegetables, especially when you cook them!
Vegetable glycerin is a form of sugar alcohol that your body can’t even fully absorb.
Hold on, if our body can’t even digest or absorb some of this stuff, why the FUCK do we keep putting it in our bodies? Don’t you think that maybe we were not designed to ingest these materials if our body rejects them?
Anyway, veggie glycerin, of course, is made from toxic soybean oil. When eaten, the side effects include headaches, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and excessive thirst. It also leads to gas and diarrhea, which is what happens when we eat things that we can’t digest.
The beet juice extract is extremely high in oxalates, which cause kidney stones and cancer.
We’ve been picking on Beyond Meat, but what about the Impossible Burger? Well it turns out it just tested to contain 11 times the amount of glyphosate as the Beyond Meat Burger. Glyphosate is a known carcinogen, and also happens to be the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. This is after Freedom of Information Act documents that revealed the FDA had concerns about Impossible’s safety assessments of their product’s main ingredient – soy leghemoglobin. Fun fact: the company continued to sell this product to the public without informing customers about the FDA’s concerns.
After all this information regarding the negative consequences of eating some of these ingredients, would you eat a product that COMBINES ALL OF THEM TOGETHER? People pay top dollar to poison themselves with this trash! We truly live in bizarro world.
Real meat has no negative side effects, and it is the OPTIMAL source of fuel for humans. Eat meat and thrive. Ditch the chemical slop.
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