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Difference Between Beyond Meat and Beef

With the rising health concerns associated with diet and food habits, many people are turning to healthier options. Everybody loves meat and meat based products, especially burgers. In fact, meat has been a huge part of our diet growing up as kids. But now, people are adding more and more vegetarian recipes into their diet plans. For most people the transition is not so easy because we all are creatures of habit and culture. Beyond Meat is one such company that is making that transition easy for us by creating plant-based meat substitutes that are just as good as the real thing.

What is Beyond Meat?

Beyond Meat is a Los Angeles-based company that specializes in producing plant-based meat substitutes through their wide range of food products, while still delivering the meaty, tender meals you so crave. They aim to address the problem of how they can feed billions of people without destroying the planet. The idea is to feed the people that are so crazy for meat, fake meat which is just as good as the real one. They have shifted our attention from livestock to healthier options by redirecting our food habits to meatless substitutes. They have the delicious plant-based veggie burgers, meatballs, sausages, crumbles, and what not. The ingredients they use in their products are made from plants and they do not even use GMOs. They source proteins, minerals, fats and carbohydrates from plants to turn any recipe into a plant-based meaty delight.

What is Beyond Beef?

Beyond Beef is a meatless ground beef substitute from the house of Beyond Meat which looks mostly like ground beef with the same reddish hue, texture just like the real ground beef. It is yet another great Beyond Meat’s offering towards a sustainable future by minimizing the people’s dependency on meat and urging them to eat healthier, plant-based meat. Although, they are highly processed, they offer that same taste, texture and versatility of ground beef but without the GMOs, soy and gluten. Like Beyond Meat, Beyond Beef is made from 100% plant based products such as pea protein, rice protein, canola oil, faba bean, refined coconut oil, dried yeast, cocoa butter, and so on. Beyond Meat claim their products deliver greater or same levels of proteins as their animal-based counterparts.

Difference between Beyond Meat and Beef

Main Ingredients

 – Beyond Meat is 100% plant-based, vegan meat that is totally made from plant-based sources such as mung beans, peas, brown rice, and faba beans. For the texture, they use potatoes and a plant based fiber derivative, and for the color and taste, they use natural stuffs like beet juice and apple extract. The main source of proteins comes from peas, faba beans and brown rice, and this combination gives you the similar or greater protein value than their animal-based counterparts.

Nutritional Value 

– When it comes to nutritional information, the two probably have almost same amounts of proteins and calories, with less saturated fat and no cholesterol. Also, Beyond Meat contains fiber, but real meat does not contain fiber. However, the plant-based meat substitutes have relatively higher sodium content and they are a good source of folate and iron than ground beef. But some researchers say they also contain less protein, zinc and vitamin B12.

Beyond Meat vs. Beef: Comparison Chart

Summary

Beyond Meat products including burgers, meatballs, and sausages are made from 100% plant based ingredients such as peas, faba beans, water, brown rice, and mung beans, which also happen to be main sources of protein in Beyond Meat. Beyond Meat is also free of GMOs, soy, gluten and antibiotics, making them healthy plant-based meat substitutes. Beyond Beef tastes and looks similar to ground beef, and it has the same reddish hue and he white bits of fat, which comes from coconut oil. If you are willing to make some lifestyle changes that will possibly save animals and improve your own health, then you should go for Beyond Meat.

How does Beyond Meat compare to beef?

The taste and texture is almost similar to ground beef but the ingredients used in the Beyond Meat are totally plant-based, and without GMOs, soy, gluten and antibiotics. 

What makes Beyond Meat different?

In Beyond Meat, the main source of protein is mung beans, peas and rice protein, and it’s one of the best beef and meat substitutes when it comes to taste and texture.

Can you tell the difference between Beyond Meat and real meat?

If you’re a hardcore foodie, you can tell the difference between Beyond Meat and real meat right away because it does not really make any sense to even begin to mimic the taste of real meat or beef. But Beyond Meat has been trying to close the gap between the two.

What is special about Beyond Meat?

Beyond Meat specializes in delicious yet healthy plant-based meat substitutes that are just as good as the original things and equally nutritious. The best part is that they are made of 100% plant based sources without the GMOs, soy and gluten.

Is beyond meat bad for you or unhealthy?

Beyond Meat uses 100% plant-based ingredients in their products and with less saturated fat and no GMOs, making them as nutritious as their animal-based counterparts. And as the company claims, Beyond Burgers are healthier than the real thing.

Is beyond meat highly processed?

The main ingredients of these plant-based meats are totally plant-based, meaning they have taken the animal off the table, while still delivering that juicy, tender, chewy plant-based meats you so crave. However, nutritionists and health experts say they are processed foods.

What chemicals are in Beyond Meat?

Beyond Meat products are made from 100% plant-based ingredients such as peas, water, coconut oil, expeller-pressed canola oil and natural flavors. Beyond Burgers are free of GMOs, gluten, soy and antibiotics.

Can you eat beyond meat raw?

Yes, you can eat Beyond Meat raw but it’s not recommended. It’s hard to digest and tastes gross when you eat it raw.

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