Plant-Based Burgers | Straight Talk MD with Dr. Brandy Patterson

Plant-Based Burgers | Straight Talk MD with Dr. Brandy Patterson


Hi, welcome to Straight Talk MD. I’m Dr. Brandy P. You may be familiar with
the old adage, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. This came to mind upon reading a recent article
about plant-based hamburgers. They’re appearing more and more on menus these
days under the names Impossible Burger or Beyond Burger. Although these burgers are plant based, they’re
not your typical veggie burger. In fact, these burgers are advertised to appeal
to carnivores, those people who crave the taste of meat, who enjoy that beefy texture
and tinge of red peeking out from under the bun. If that sounds like you, then Impossible or
Beyond Burgers may be worth trying. But before you make these meat substitutes
part of your diet, it’s very important to consider the pros and the cons. First, these products are plant based, but
they are also highly processed and have a lot of additives to enhance their beefy flavor. There is no evidence that genetically-modified
foods are bad for us. But if you prefer to stick with whole foods
or ingredients you can actually pronounce, you’re better off choosing real lean beef. Pseudo beef has comparable protein and less
cholesterol than the real thing. But these plant-based burgers do have more
salt and saturated fat. So there’s no indication that they’re actually
better for you. A turkey burger or true veggie burger is a
healthier option as long as you steer clear of the mayo and the nacho cheese, of course. One of the key selling points of these meat-free
products is their positive impact on the environment. This may be the primary reason to swap out
your regular burger. Cattle farming has a significant carbon footprint. So limiting beef consumption could have a
positive impact on the climate. The bottom line is that there’s no harm in
choosing a pseudo burger over a real beef burger, but if you’re making the swap for
health reasons, then these may not be your best option. As with all foods, but especially our guilty
pleasures, moderation is key. Thank you so much for watching this segment
of Straight Talk MD.

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