How healthy are meatless burgers?

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Eau Claire (WQOW) – Whether you are vegetarian, vegan or just trying to eat less red meat, there are many veggie burger options out there. So, are they better for you?

For the last six months the cafeteria at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire has served the ‘Impossible’ burger. It is a plant-based meat alternative.

The burger contains a genetically modified version of heme, an iron-containing molecule from soy plants which gives the burger a meaty flavor.

Some people eat the ‘Impossible’ burger because they are vegetarian. Others think it is better for them, but dietitians say that is not necessarily the case.

“They contain almost as much saturated fat as a regular hamburger,” said Susan Kasik-Miller, the clinical dietitian at HSHS Sacred Heart. “So, is there any benefit to eating them? Well, you are still getting some of the benefits of plant-based protein such as the phytochemicals, but the fat is still quite high and you really want to reduce the amount of fat that you are eating in your diet all the way around.”

The burger is sold at more than 5,000 restaurants across the United States, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Locally, Milwaukee Burger Company and Northern Tap House carry the ‘Beyond’ burger, another popular meat alternative.

Katrina Lim

Katrina Lim

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