Welcome back again for your next health and fitness update.
Today we’re going to examine the hype around Beyond Burger. It has taken over Australian search results, news and social media by storm for the past few months.
For those of you that are curious what is Beyond Burger?
It is a pea protein isolate burger made up of more than 15 ingredients as stated on the Beyond Meat website.
There are many good online reviews about its taste, colour and it even bleeds! It’s macronutrient contents that come as close to the original beef patty.
Would you expect the same review results on taste and macronutrients of this product?
Should you consume it as often as you like if you’re following a vegan diet?
Thinking it a safer option than the normal beef patty?
My verdict is – No.
One thing boils down in this site that I judge things if it is healthy for us in the long term. There is a list of ingredients which I have analysed within Beyond Burger that do pose many concerns:
Pea Protein Isolate
Pea protein is a good plant protein source. Compared to soy protein as peas themselves are non-GMO and lower in carb content.
You still need to consider the germination of the peas to reduce its phytate content. Along with the temperatures and chemicals used during the grounding process. Beyond Meat didn’t even state this information on their website. All they have is generic FAQ answers.
A better option will be cooking raw peas as the outer shell contains non-soluble fibre. Along with its Vitamins A, C and K that were likely destroyed during the high heating process.
Consider pea protein isolate powder only if you need ample protein and its amino acids.
Rice Protein & Mung Bean Protein
Same concern as above. You need to consider the germination and chemicals used during the grounding process.
There is no descriptive information for the extraction of these proteins.
Methylcellulose is a chemical compound derived from cellulose(plant fibre). Methylcellulose is used as a bulk-forming agent in food. It provides constipation relief for the consumer. Although non-toxic the problem with methylcellulose is that it may cause diarrhoea(diarrhea).
If you have been good in consuming your greens you’re elevating the effects of fibre. Expect to be visiting public dunnies(toilets) very often.
The amount of methylcellulose for each patty is not listed on the labelling. Neither it’s listed on Beyond Meat website.
Your insides will churn and explode.
Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil
We are aware that commercial Canola Oil is bad for you because of its bred from rapeseed. It was used as biodiesel and is still is today. And the refinement includes bleaching and chemicals to remove impurities.
This process may use a lot of heat. Canola oil has lots of omega-3 fatty acids it can go rancid in high temperatures once exposed to oxygen. This is why it must be deodorised.
The standard deodorisation heats the canola oil in high temperatures through a vacuum. This removes a large part of the omega-3 fatty acids by turning them into trans fatty acids. The percentage of these trans fatty acids are not present on many canola oil labels. It can be approximately 4.6%.
Australia has a similar refining process according to google search results. I haven’t found any package labelling that includes the contents of the trans fat.
If there was any labelling in Australia that says zero trans fat. You do need to read the fine print as per serving.
Fact sheet states around 20% of Australia’s canola crop is GMO. The standards for GM labelling in Australia is not enforced. So consumers beware when buying these oils. If you need your omega 3 fats it’s better to get them from fatty fish (salmon, tuna, sardines), eggs and walnuts.
The amount of canola oil for each patty is not stated in Beyond Meat’s website. There isn’t a detailed description of the process either.
Refined Coconut Oil
We know the benefits of coconut and its fat content but what about refined coconut oil?
I mentioned before you need to avoid refined/processed cooking oils to be in optimal health. The refined coconut oil is no exception.
Most refined products are not regulated in the U.S.
This poses a danger to us Australians as our health and obesity statistics are on par with the U.S according to W.H.O website.
The coconut flesh deodorised under high heat. It is then filtered through a bleaching clay to remove impurities. Sodium hydroxide is added to remove any free fatty acids and improve shelf life.
A healthier option for you would be the unrefined/virgin coconut oil that comes in the form of a white paste.
The amount of refined coconut oil for each patty not stated in Beyond Meat’s website. There isn’t a detailed description of the process either.
This is a very common label in the U.S.
According to FDA standards, this can be anything including chemical preservatives. As long as the ingredient comes from a natural source.
Another crook disguised as a good ingredient.
Restaurant preparation as for the burger including chips as a side dish.
Now when it comes to the restaurant/cafes these burgers are cooked in canola oil/cottonseed oil according to this report  by the NSW Government.
I can expect the same thing in other states of Australia and overseas as these oils are cheap.
Its a triple whammy to your health.
You need to be aware of the chips cooked as a side dish. The oil within the fryer used for hours every week. Its temperatures at 200°C/392°F will increase the oil’s trans fat up to 3.3% by its total weight.
This increases the oxidisation of the oil. Thus a by-product of unbalanced polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Now you have four times the damage, four times the trouble. A better option for you is to get a garden salad or non-fried sidedish.
Should you find those mouth-watering chips irresistible. The best option for you is to cook them at home with an air fryer. There are some here from Amazon.com which will serve as another good utility for your kitchen. Don’t forget to spread some melted butter on them for better taste. 🤤
Note: It’s not only chips you can cook with air fryers. Click on this link for more suggestions.
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Although Beyond Burger can be a substitute for the normal beef patties, it is still not a healthy option. Even the Non-GMO label does not have any added effect to your health. Avoid purchasing this product for your meals.
If you’re non-vegan stick to your local beef products which are much healthier. Look for those with non-refined ingredients on the packages.
For vegans aim for natural whole foods which are better for your long term health.
Please share this with your friends and family. Warn them the dangers of Beyond Burger’s artificial patties.