Here's a plant-based patty. Is this healthy? Would you feed this to your kids in a bun for lunch every day?
Answer: No, it isn't a healthy food. It's a grease-soaked fried concoction of dehydrated potatoes, miscellaneous starches and flavorings. Did you have any clue there is corn flour and "beef flavoring" in it? So people are pretty good at understanding that the McDonalds hash brown patty is junk food and not good for you, so why are they having trouble figuring out that the Burger king impossible patty is also garbage and bad for you?
It has far worse garbage in it than the McDonalds hash brown patty, including:
-GMO Soy flour
-Leghemoglobin from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)
-Lots and lots of salt, far more than a beef burger has
-Textured Wheat Protein
-Coconut Oil (high in fat and saturated fat)
-Natural Flavors, which is a code name for Monosodium Glutamate-containing ingredients.
Well that is my concern - how much processed is this?
I'd rather eat "natural" foods that have more calories and fat than something that is processed.
Vegetable based protein is protein, the same protein that is fed to cows and other livestock to make meat protein.
Why would you think it is healthier for a cow's stomach to make enzymes to digest protein from soy, wheat, and corn; than it is to feed those proteins to humans directly?
Animals are a superfluous intermediary step in feeding plant-based proteins to humans.
Animals waste nutrients that can be fed directly to humans.
Do you think that meat and meat products are not processed?
Do you think that they're not given hormones and anti-biotics while alive and then the meat processed on equipment cleaned with chemicals?
When's the last time you bought your own chicken, slaughtered, and butchered it?
Fish is probably the only type of meat people catch for themselves anymore, besides hunting, and then they say that mercury levels and other water pollutants affect the fish meat.
Animals taste good.
If you are concerned about efficiency, why not graft plant genes into human DNA so that we can become plants and have chlorophyll in our skin? That way we can produce our energy directly from sunlight instead of going through the wasteful step of eating plants.
Me though, I'm going to keep ordering my Detroit-style pizza with all meat toppings.
I won't tell you what to order on your pizza though.
I for one actually know the answers to these and can tell that you don't. I've had professional culinary school and nutrition training, and owned an organic farm for many years, including raising and butchering my own animals from chickens through steer. And I know everything they ate, and no, they didn't receive any hormones, nor other chemicals. Butchering meat is not the same as "processed meat." Look it up. Hot dogs are processed meat. The meat for those is mechanically separated, ground, mixed with fillers, preservatives, salt, sugar, nitrates, nitrites, etc. A whole chicken on the other hand has simply been gutted, de-feathered and washed.
Ignorance breeds fear, that is clear. I'd encourage that you visit an organic family farm. Throw off the shackles of ignorance and find out for yourself. An organic chicken from a family farm is far better quality and far more natural food than the strawberries and potatoes you buy at your supermarket from a factory farm that have been doused with insecticides and herbicides.
Ill second the statement that you, with your use of assertions , really need to lern much more than you speak.
Most meat is not raised, slaughtered, and butchered in an organic way.
Quote:Most meat is not raised, slaughtered, and butchered in an organic way.
If you buy responsibly grown and butchered meat, you're part of the solution. If you don't, then you don't encourage the production of responsibly produced meats.
Sorry, but although you are right that there are more responsible and healthy ways to raise, slaughter, butcher, and consume meat; a vegetarian diet is still more responsible and healthy.
There might be a case to make for a certain amount of dairy, but why meat? What can meat provide that humans can't get from eating the same plants that are fed to meat-animals, such as soy and wheat proteins?