Not All “Meatless” Meats Good for Health, Environment

Claims that plant-based meats are healthier for both humans and the environment have sparked a wave of veganism, but all may not be as it appears.

Sarah Galetti, the founder of vegan frozen food brand Tattooed Chef, told Forbes that many of the vegetarian meat products aren’t as clean as consumers think. Some of the brands include soy hemoglobin made from genetically modified yeast, which is used in the product to look like blood.

The Burger King Whopper only has 30 more calories than the Impossible Whopper, the company’s “meatless” alternative. The Whopper also has only one more gram of saturated fat and is 270 milligrams lower in salt than the Impossible Whopper.

“Among meat substitutes, veggie burgers are associated with the highest carbon dioxide emissions, coming in at 4.1 kilograms per kilogram of the product,” according to research from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.