Scientist breaks down Beyond & Impossible Burger

Scientist breaks down Beyond & Impossible Burger

Beyond meet and the impossible burger absolutely blown up in 2019 the beyond stocks were beyond hot. There’s a general idea that these imitation meats must be healthier because they’re made from plants But does that really been out? Let’s find out Even if you’ve been living under a rock You’ve heard of beyond meats can be impossible burger. Some people prefer them for ethical reasons for others It’s the environment a study from the University of Michigan concluded that beyond burger generates 90 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than beef it requires less energy less than 1% of the water and 93% less land. So those are pretty impressive numbers But it’s good to keep in mind funding and conflicts of interest as I’ve said in previous videos So we gotta be fair here as well This study was commissioned by beyond meats so we can take the numbers with a grain of salt But we do know from extensive independent research that red meat is far more resource intensive and polluting than vegetables According to this recent study red meat has an environmental impact ten to a hundred times larger than plant foods So it’s not a hard sell that plant burgers are easier on the environment than beef but the third reason people are excited about the Beyond and the impossible burger is the health angle and that’s what we’re gonna focus on today Only because it’s my background since they’re made for plants They must be healthier, right or are they as far as their effect on blood markers and disease risks? We have no data compared to beef where we have hundreds if not thousands of studies short term long term Mechanistic observational interventional you name it the preponderance of the evidence the whole of the evidence? consistently points to red flags Which is why the recommendations are to go easy on red meat so we have lots of studies on beef what about the beyond and the impossible I can tell you Studies on their health effects are underway as we speak and as soon as Results are available. I’ll update everybody So what all these blogs have been doing with the head-to-head comparison beef versus imitation meats is comparing nutrient composition It’s basically an educated guess they’re speculating as to what the health effects might be We’ll take a look at the head-to-head analysis and we’ll address the question. Everybody’s asking are the imitations better or worse than beef And after that we’ll talk about why that’s not a great question to ask in the first place. Let’s do it same size for all patties four ounces for beef I’m looking at official USDA numbers But bear in mind exact values vary depending on how lean the cut is whereas the imitations are always the same It’s a standard product. So calories the impossible and the beyond are around the same about 250 calories beef 205 – 290 again varies depending how lean the meat is but similar ballpark as the fake meats Protein 19 grams are the impossible 20 grams are beyond beef most of the comparisons quote about 16 or 17 But I found cuts going all the way to 28 grams. So Significant variation but same general ballpark, maybe a little bit less or a bit more depending where you get your burger Let’s look at fats saturated fat 8 grams are the impossible 6 grams are Beyond and about 6 for beef give or take So again similar range wait, how’s that possible isn’t saturated fat supposed to be a meat and butter thing It is usually concentrated in animal products. Yes, but some oils have a ton of it as well And that’s where this is coming from. The imitations have coconut oil which we know raises our serum cholesterol I’ve covered that before and this large study just came out confirming it So this is something that confuses a lot of people if you have cholesterol issues cutting back on meat helps sure But if you replace it with coconut oil or a processed food that has a lot of it you might not see a benefit It’s worth emphasizing this otherwise people go I have high cholesterol and I stopped eating steaks I even bought these plant burgers and my cholesterol is still too high So I guess the stakes weren’t the problem at all and maybe food doesn’t matter whatsoever No food matters immensely. It’s just you jump from the pan to the fire. None of those options are great for our cholesterol levels Unfortunately, all right moving on trans fats zero in the imitations about half a gram to a gram for beef Cholesterol of course here in the imitations plants don’t have cholesterol and 60 to 100 milligrams in beef fiber Of course, none of beef only plants have fiber Imitations 3 and 2 grams not a ton but some and sodium this made the headlines 370 and 390 milligrams and much lower in beef. Bear in mind though This is if you’re eating just the patty and cooking home like everything controlled if you’re having it at a restaurant with added salt during cooking and the bun and The toppings and the sauces and God knows whatever else the sodium skyrockets almost a thousand milligrams for some commercial burgers So it eclipses the sodium in the impossible or the beyond there are many other nutrients, of course For example one difference between the two imitation burgers. Is that in the impossible? They added b12 Another thing that made the headlines is iron, but what’s interesting here is not the amount It’s that type in meat about 40 percent of the iron is Heme iron and this is thought to be one of the health concerns of red meat I’ve made videos on that and the impossible. He also decided to add some heme iron but grown in the lab from plant origin It’s called leg hemoglobin from legume. We don’t have a lot of data on that So we don’t know if it’s less problematic than the animal heme But yeah, it’s a concern but beyond on the other hand doesn’t have any M iron another concern Some people have is soy the impossible burger Has it the beyond doesn’t I’m actually making a whole video all on soy because a lot of people are concerned And confused. Is it good? Is it bad? Does it give you man boobs? So in-depth soit video coming soon we could also talk about things like antibiotics and my hormones Antioxidants and in those categories that beef is naturally going to look a little worse Although the antibiotics are very the vast majority of burgers sold are from factory farmed meat, so they’re gonna have antibiotics But if it’s a fancy burger or a homemade from like a super high quality meat or something maybe not but we can’t get away from the natural animal hormones at beef as well as the very low amounts of antioxidants compared to plants on the other hand with the imitations people are worried about Artificial components since it’s not a natural food. You are fake news Like any processed food, they have artificial components in artificial combinations and that’s always a legitimate red flag It’s never the same as eating an actual plant has grown So that’s the gist of the face to face comparison as you can see, it’s not a slam dunk It’s not like one option crushes the others Let me know if you disagree if you think one of these options is a landslide for environment and other issues. Sure but for health None of these subs seems like a great option to be completely honest if you’re worried about sodium or artificial ingredients The imitations don’t look good. If you’re worried about cholesterol trans fats and animal hormones beef doesn’t look good and if you’re worried about saturated fat None of them look good. So it’s a bit of a Sophie’s Choice And this is the main point of this video that this type of one-to-one comparison We see everywhere is a little short-sighted because call me crazy But this doesn’t sound like the ideal decision-making process to decide what foods to feed our bodies Should I have a boatload of sodium for dinner or a bunch of cholesterol and animal hormones? Hmm. I mean shouldn’t we be shooting for ideal foods things that are gonna make us stronger and healthier and sharper every day and not Split hairs between something that might hurt me and something that might hurt me a little bit less. Maybe don’t get me wrong I am NOT saying that nobody should ever go near one of these things I’m not against having a sugary snack once in a while or go out with our friends have a few drinks Or a million other things that we know are not health-promoting in and of themselves In fact, I don’t think that obsessing over food and trying to be perfect is very productive And I’ve said exactly that in previous videos and I’ve suggested that people not do it as a pterri strategy So if you have a craving once in a while and you need to have a burger I say you it if it helps you maintain consistency of a healthy night overall It’s probably not a huge deal health-wise If you’re deciding based on environment You’re probably gonna go for the imitations if you’re trying to cut back on salt or if you prefer the meat It’s probably the meat for you The key takeaway from this video. Is that based on what we know about nutrition science at this point in time? These are occasional treats not staple meals and I’m talking about all three here Health-wise. We don’t know for sure which one is better. That’s the truth and based on the information We do have replacing animal products with processed plant foods does not improve our disease risk and here’s the truth This issue is much broader than just a red meat question. You could say the stakes are much higher Because you and I both know this is going to keep coming up these companies are gonna keep churning out great imitations It’s gonna be the impossible bacon that tastes just like bacon, but no Pig was hurt and they’d be on egg That didn’t come from a chicken and eventually they’re gonna figure out how to make fake cheese that actually tastes like real cheese unlike deya which actually brings together vegans and meat-eaters because Everybody seems to hate it and every time one of these creations comes out It’s going to be a big media hype and a big debate Which one is healthier the animal one or the process one? And these products will probably be a godsend for the environment and for ethics and for people trying to cut back on red meat Yeah, they can be helpful as training wheels But let’s not fool ourselves that it’s just like eating a salad until we have actual data on health outcomes The truth is we don’t know and this type of comparison of lists of nutrients is an okay place holder But for the time being we have no reason to say that these foods are healthier than the originals they could turn out to be Or they could be worse only Actual data will tell what we already know about healthy diet from nutrition science is that it’s a pattern with lots of fruits and vegetables and bland sources of protein like beans and nuts with some white meat and fish if you want to include animal products and Otherwise low in red meat and processed food. So which one is the best burger? Nutritionally this one homemade black bean burger As far as staple meal that one takes the prize and as far as occasional treat, whichever one scratches, you’re rich, I guess If you thought that video was useful consider sharing with others who might be interested and hit that like button And subscribe for more nutrition made simple also Feel free to link up with me on my Facebook page and on Twitter for more in depth nutrition science Thanks for watching and I’ll see you on the next one



  • Rabbit Food Fitness

    Thanks for this awesome video! It's really important that people know about this. I don't try to eat either of these all the time, of course, but they make a wonderful treat! Thanks for the video. Your videos always inspire me to keep posting on my channel!

  • Red Pill Vegan

    Bean burgers 🍔 FTW

  • Phat Vegan

    Beyond me an impossible Burger are clearly healthier than beef. Only when comparing it to beef!

  • isaac steinman

    Lol ever have a daiya casadila? With a good hand made corn tortilla, it makes the best tasting casadila I've ever had. Love daiya 🤤

  • Kevin McKenna

    Ok, good video, but a green screen capture in front of a fixed photo of a normal room looks really disjointed. Also, I'm never gonna bother with Beyond Meat or Impossible meats. They are just too expensive, and too loaded with calories. I buy the Yves brand soy/gluten burgers, and they're good enough. You can eat 2 patties for fewer calories but the same protein content. Does it taste like beef? No, but so what? No one ever complained that chicken burgers don't taste like hamburgers, so why complain that veggie burgers doesn't taste like hamburger? They taste good, especially with some dijon mustard, and that's good enough for me.

  • violetwitch

    Thanks for the video! People really do act like eating a burger is essential for their health and they must have it every day 😂

  • MrDaniel91090

    Thank you

  • Kevin McKenna

    Uh, there is no black bean burger recipe in the description.

  • Sam Goodwin

    Please make a video on sodium. I see you calling it out as a concern but I’m not sure how much sodium is ok. We put salt in all our food to make it tasty.

  • Nicolás Senshi Anime

    I must be living under a rock because I didn't know anything about these burgers.

  • Pontus Ambros

    Great video again. Love how how you back all your claims with peer-reviewed science and that you are delivering backed-up facts and not "truths".

  • Mister Dibitybopty

    There's an audio issue with this video. The right side is distorted, had to watch the video with only my left headphone on.

  • Nate Johnson

    They are treat foods to eat every once in a while. WFP is the way to go most if not all of the time.

  • Mukul Vyas

    Notification squad🤘🏽

  • zero fuks

    Eat the impossible burger if you want tits!!

  • Ninja Lee

    Wait what? @10:05 You live in Japan? (forgive me if I should know this already but I haven't been following for that long) I will be out there this coming March/April. Would be awesome to run into you and have a friendly chat about this kinda stuff!

  • Mukul Vyas

    Just love how you emphasise on not forcing eating choices on people and not expecting people to be absolutely disciplined but rather conveying facts and suggesting a logical and an effective approach.

    I could listen to you all day long. Keep making such videos. You're doing really great and my best wishes to you for all your endeavours and life in general.

  • Jake Anderson

    I can't wait for that soy video, I recently stopped drinking cow's milk (I use it everyday in smoothies) and I've started using soy milk instead after a little research

  • Great White7

    The impossible burger contains 44mg of estrogen.
    When "men" want to transition into mentally ill females, the dosage of estrogen given is up to 10mg per day.

    The impossible burger contains more than 4x the amount of estrogen needed to transition "men" into "women".

  • frank mancuso

    Both garbage. Ill eat a real burger once a month

  • Lb96

    Surely no one actually thinks switching out one burger for another is healthy

  • SuricataSuricatis

    As i focus on cutting down processed food it doesn’t make sense for me to replace meet with something with such a long ingredient list. And in addition i am always sceptic when something tastes like something that it is not. I want my food to taste as natural as possible 😎

  • Herb Bowler

    Bullshit !! Coconut oil lowers ldl !!!
    Dietary B12 is not absorbed.
    It is produced by bacteria in the gut. !!!

  • Sriram Shivaraju

    Great work!!! I had a ton of questions and concerns after watching ‘Game Changers’ & ‘What the Health,’ and the more I dug for answers the more I got confused (way too much contradicting information out there). I happened to chance on your video regarding Game Changers and I loved the no frills, fact based, research backed approach and have been watching a lot of your videos for answers. You’re making a difference! Thank You!!! Now can’t wait for your soy video and then maybe I can start enjoying some cereal again or not 😀

  • Dean Hooks

    Excellent video again, a great mix of science and sense! In designing any product everything is a tradeoff. If the main concern is to leave consumers with the view that the non-meat burgers look/smell/taste/etc. just like meat then other things like nutrition will receive less emphasis and will almost certainly suffer. Something like a black bean burger doesn't really try to mimic meat so the nutritional elements can shine. Just like a remake of an iconic song is never as good as the original, it makes sense to me to not try to replicate meat with meatish things…simply go explore the wide range of great new tastes and nutrition that are plant-based.

  • Gaurav Marathe

    Great video man as always love from India, can you make a video about sprouts , legumes and beans and how to eat them(boiling or soaking) , asking for non-soy vegan protien rich whole foods and best ways and time to eat eat them.

  • Hélder Faria

    Greetings from Portugal. 🇵🇹

  • Dino Rossi

    Can I share your video on my blog ?

  • Lloyd Christmas

    Fair enough. Thank you.

  • S h a w n

    Looking forward to the soy vid

  • sabine c

    Was going to comment on not mentioning the delicious black bean burgers and then — there it was ! 🙂

  • Dave MIlke

    Very well done, thanks.
    As a veg' my (all things considered) go-to burger is Morning Star Farms 'veggie' burger. For the last 20 years, a better 'stack-up' in the categories you've outlined but does contain soy and is relatively heavy on sodium — a non-issue for me.

  • Keith Smith

    As always funny and informative. You can always get a “Bro” for your man boobs.

  • lk K

    Whats wrong with saturated fat and cholesterol….

  • Wogolio

    Great video. Excited for soy video. A topic ive been looking into.

  • stoenchu122

    I was working in a company which is now developing a lot of vegan products and to be fair I will not put a single piece of crap in my mount. It’s mixed powders, oil( the type of oil depends on the price, if it’s expensive it will be coconut oil, because it can imitate the look of the real fat of the real burger,) and water mixed together and if they want the burger to have more structure the add soy granulate. The price on which afterwards the products are selling are way to high, because I know how cheap it actually is.

  • stoenchu122

    Also, can you make a video on how nitrates from greens can bind with the hemoglobins in our bodies and what cause of side effects may occur?

  • Lakhwinder Singh

    Love your videos!!! Very informative always. Can't wait for the Soy video.

  • Jake Williams

  • Giulia Carugati

    I'm not a big fan of processed veg food, but honestly once or twice a year I would love to eat one of these burgers.

    I'm looking forward for the soy video!

  • Kartoffel DC

    1g of sodium is skyrocking? In Germany most people would considere that very little.

  • Yakov Kosharovsky

    Beyond is the best! since impossible dont sell outside US. And I thought that Capitalist companies all about making profit and conquering new markets..

    Anyway, since I went plant based, I need to sleep like 6.5 hours, before I slept about 8.5.. is it a health risk of plant based diet? sleeping less than 8 hours is not good for you..

  • Gr8Gaming

    So when you order the impossible burger or beyond meat burger at a restaurant they serve just the patty? Wouldn’t you also get it with a bun, condiments, and sauces that would also raise the sodium levels?

  • James Asper

    I don't think the point about sodium is very accurate. You're talking about the amount of sodium on unprepared beef burgers, I made a quick search and I found out that prepared beef burgers averages 380mg of sodium which is almost the same as plant-based burgers.

    "in Hamburgers. The average fast food single-patty plain hamburger contains 378 milligrams of sodium. That's 16 percent of the daily 2,300-milligram"


    And we have to understand that the composition of plant-based burgers are always improving including their nutritional profiles, beyond burgers from 10 years ago fared much worse. 5 years from now we will probably see a lot of improvements on the plant-based burger industry whilst the meat burgers will be the exact same thing.

    Also you didn't say anything about dioxins:

    "Dioxins and their effects on human health"

    "Dioxins are found throughout the world in the environment and they accumulate in the food chain, mainly in the fatty tissue of animals."

    "Dioxins are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer"

    Food contamination:

    "Cargill Meat Solutions Recalls Ground Beef Products due to Possible E. coli O26 Contamination"

    "China pig herd falls 25.8% in June, sow herd down 26.7% – agriculture ministry"

    "The huge drop in numbers comes amid a severe epidemic of African swine fever (ASF), deadly to pigs but not harmful to humans, that has swept through the world's top pork producer over the last year."–agriculture-ministry-1923222

    "Poultry and eggs remain the major source of food poisoning in the US"

    "WHO’s first ever global estimates of foodborne diseases find children under 5 account for almost one third of deaths"

    "Tyson Foods recalls more than 190,000 pounds of chicken fritters shipped nationwide"

    Large cattle farm may have caused romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

    "More Than 62,000 Pounds of Beef Recalled Because of E. Coli Concerns

    It's unclear how much of the recalled meat might have ended up in consumers' hands"

    One Person Has Died and Eight Are Hospitalized Due to Salmonella Linked to Ground Beef

    Meat when cooked at high temperatures:

    "Chemicals in Meat Cooked at High Temperatures and Cancer Risk"

    I also think the point about antibiotics should have much more emphasis:

    "On a global scale, the U.S. and China are the largest users of antibiotics for food production. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 80 percent of the total antibiotic use in the U.S. is in agriculture, with pigs and poultry receiving five to 10 times more antibiotics than cows and sheep."

    "Antibiotic resistance is a global public health crisis. In this Spotlight feature, we look at the use of antibiotics in animals and its consequences for human health, covering research presented recently at the London Microbiome Meeting."

    "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), antibiotic resistance is responsible for 25,000 annual deaths in the European Union and 23,000 annual deaths in the U.S. As many as 2 million U.S. individuals develop a drug-resistant infection each year."

    "By the year 2050, some researchers predict that antibiotic resistance will cause 10 million deaths every year, surpassing cancer as the leading cause of mortality worldwide"

    The high volume of antibiotics in food-producing animals contributes to the development of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, particularly in settings of intensive animal production. In some countries, the total amount of antibiotics used in animals is 4 times larger than the amount used in humans. In many countries much of the antibiotics used in animals are for growth promotion and prevention of disease, not to treat sick animals."

    "These bacteria can be transmitted from animals to humans via direct contact between animals and humans, or through the food chain and the environment. Antimicrobial-resistant infections in humans can cause longer illnesses, increased frequency of hospitalization, and treatment failures that can result in death.

    Some types of bacteria that cause serious infections in humans have already developed resistance to most or all of the available treatments and we are running out of treatment options for some types of infection. WHO recommends an overall reduction in use of antibiotics in food-producing animals to help preserve their effectiveness for human medicine."

    Bacterial drug resistance in meat animals: a review.

    More than 400,000 Americans get sick every year from infections caused by antibiotic-resistant foodborne bacteria, according to CDC estimates.

    One of the world's largest banks has issued an alarming warning about antibiotic resistance — with big consequences for humanity

    Modern Medicine's Last Line of Defence

    A Growing Number of Infections Are Becoming Resistant to Antibiotics

    Bioaccumulation of pesticides in meat:

    "Pesticide residues in food items especially in different meat parts are of growing concern due to possible adverse effects on humans [57]. … These pesticides being lipophilic, accumulate in organs and other fatty tissues, thus providing a major route for human exposure when these fatty parts are consumed as food."

    Levels of organochlorine pesticides residues in meat

    Pesticide residues are found in meat and animal byproducts, including, disturbingly, long-banned pesticides like DDT. These pesticides mostly come from the food that animals eat and end up getting stored in their fat, accumulating over time

  • Bent Nissen

    Do you have a video on MCT-oil ?

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