Blind taste testing a meatless burger against the “real thing?” How might you fare? I have to say, as an admitted “regular burger” consumer, it’s tough to imagine not being able to instantly tell the difference. That said, and as are many saying in the comments I’ve been reading, “Even the most ardent “burger eaters” out there are having a heck of time picking what’s real meat and not. Of course, most of us are familiar with the real damage done to the planet (and not to mention animals) by the mass production of meat for our protein needs. Countless articles have been written about the pluses of avoiding “meat,” stemming from the vegetarian angle over how it’s far more healthy to eat plants, to the environmental angle, which shows the negative planetary impact nurturing large animals for our consumption truly makes. However, “real meat” still sees a huge level of use. Yet…with plant-based, meat-fooling alternatives (and plant-based beverages) out there, and getting better and better, solid and fast-growing inroads are being made. In fact, check these recent stats from a few recent articles:
Are Meatless Alternatives Healthier? Tastier?
Well, this is a real question worth pondering. So looking into this, there is a great deal of research being done (with many new ingredients launched) that are firmly advancing the taste, texture, look and color of meatless alternatives. One burger even “bleeds (red beet juice)” as it cooks. Things have come quite far since the first Gardenburger’s. I also found the following links that will allow you to dive as deep as you wish. That said, it’s not a complete panacea. Here’s a nutrition-based quote from Livestrong.com to kick this element off:
Here are some additional links to explore this topic:
My Own Taste Testing Plans
O.K. So I’m on a mission now. Consider this article step 1 of 2. I’ll be making my (semi-famous) tacos with the Beyond Meat’s Meatless Crumbles…Feisty Version. I’ll work to test a few folks “blind” to see how they react. Hopefully I can get a few good pics of people being amazed (assuming they are amazed) with the great, meatless taste. Now…just to keep a watch on the sodium…