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Vegan and Meat-Free fast-Food Options are Growing: Here's Where to Find Them.


on 2019/4/17 12:37:04 ( 904 reads )

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UNITED STATES, April 15, 2019 (USA Today): Two weeks after Red Robin became the largest restaurant chain to serve The Impossible Burger [a plant-based meat substitute] and Burger King announced the pilot of the Impossible Whopper [likewise] in St. Louis, two more restaurants announced Monday that they are joining the growing plant-based foods movement. Blaze Pizza is adding a vegan Spicy Chorizo topping at its 300-plus restaurants nationwide Tuesday. Then on April 25, Del Taco will become the first national Mexican fast-food chain to offer plant-based meat across all 580 locations with two new meatless tacos, officials told USA TODAY. Chipotle Mexican Grill is considered the first major chain to offer a vegan option when in 2014 it introduced its Sofritas, a spicy, shredded, organic tofu. That same year, White Castle released its first vegan veggie slider. Last year, KFC announced it was testing a vegetarian equivalent of its famous chicken in the United Kingdom and Ireland. In January, Carl's Jr. added the plant-based Beyond Burger to its menu and Taco Bell announced it would test a dedicated vegetarian menu.

The demand for plant-based products is growing as more people want to reduce meat consumption because of health concerns, said Ethan Brown, Beyond Meat's founder and CEO. "We are about accessibility and meeting people where they're at in their journey - whether you're a hardcore carnivore or a strict vegan, you should be able to have our tacos, enjoy what you're eating and feel great afterward," Brown said. According to a June 2018 Nielsen report, while only 6% of Americans said they follow a strictly vegetarian lifestyle and 3% a strictly vegan lifestyle, 39% of Americans said they were trying to eat more plant-based products. To Michele Simon, executive director of the Plant Based Foods Association, the growth of plant-based products in restaurants and stores isn't a trend, but a movement. "We're talking of a mainstreaming of this way of eating," Simon said, adding meat and dairy alternatives are growing in popularity. "You can't get more mainstream than Burger King and Carl's Jr."

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gayatri rajan
Published: 2019/4/21 15:28  
 Re: Vegan and Meat-Free fast-Food Options are Growing: He...
But one important thing to know about the Impossible Burger, which is the vegan burger featured by the most mainstream food companies and restaurants, is that it is a GMO product.
"Impossible Foods’ meatless burger is marketed as a healthy and environmentally responsible choice.
"The key ingredient that gives the Impossible Burger its meaty taste and makes it bleed like meat when cut is soy leghemoglobin (SLH), derived from genetically engineered yeast.
"The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refused to sign off on the safety of SLH, which has never been in the human food supply before.
"The FDA is also concerned that SLH may be an allergen.
"The Impossible Burger contains a number of other ingredients that are derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
"Some ingredients in the Burger are highly processed and are produced in industrial vats (“fermentation”).
"The GM yeast must be grown in a nutrient-rich broth made of chemically synthesized ingredients that are themselves industrially manufactured.
"Overall, the manufacturing processes for the Impossible Burger are materials-hungry and energy-hungry. These facts are being ignored in promotional claims about the environmental impact of the Burger.
"The Impossible Burger represents the opposite of what today’s health-aware and environmentally conscious consumers want from their food: pure, natural, non-GMO ingredients that are transparently sourced."

A similar but non-gmo product is the Beyond Burger. It is a healthier alternative for those seeking a non-meat burger that mimics the taste and texture of meat.
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