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What's the Deal with the New Plant-Based Hamburgers?

 

Curious about the new plant-based hamburgers? Are the Beyond Meat burger and the other meat-free burgers healthy options? Get the answers to all your burning plant-based burger questions!

 

Probably like many vegetarian foodies, I can tell you exactly when and where I was when I tried my first Beyond Burger. It was this past winter, and my fiancé (my then boyfriend) and I were visiting Chicago. The restaurant we lunched at had the plant-based burger on the menu, and I knew I had to give it a try. It really did look like a "real" burger! And it's not as if I ate enough beef burgers in my pre-vegetarian days to remember the taste. But the red "juice" and umami taste made the experience seem pretty darn authentic.

New plant-based hamburgers, including the 
Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger, are gaining pretty huge traction. But are these protein-packed patties good for you? And how do the brands stack up against each other nutritionally? Before you toss your frozen black bean burgers aside and rush to buy these new plant-based burgers, I'm here to talk about the health benefits of the meat stand ins—and their pitfalls.

 

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Impossible Burger vs. Beyond Burger: What’s the Real Difference Between Them?

This has been an amazing year for plant-based eating, as more and more people have embraced it. Are the new Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger healthy options? And which should you choose? I break down some of the key nutritional differences in my chat with Eat This, Not That! Looking for a 
plant-based grocery list?

 

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Is Beyond Meat Healthy? Nutritionists Weigh In

Whether you're a newbie or a long-time vegetarian—or a flexitarian who likes both real and alt meat options—you may have some burning questions about the new plant-based hamburgers out there. Are these alt burgers safe to eat every day? Are they considered 
veggie superfoods or just another pretty good option? I share my thoughts with Business Insider.

 

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Amy's Recipe of the Week: Summer Vegan Power Bowl 
 

As much as you might be in love with the new alt burgers, it's a good idea to eat some whole-food-based plant meals, too. And this vegetarian power bowl is super easy to whip up in your own kitchen. You get plenty of protein from a heaping serving of quinoa and kidney beans, plus lots and lots of veggies! Want a protein-packed vegetarian snack? Give healthy roasted chickpeas a try.

 

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Amy Gorin is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, media personality, and writer in the NYC area.