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    • I wish there were a way to make these plant based burgers healthier. But, at least they are better for the environment and better for animals.

      I have tasted both of these and I think they are both pretty tasty and very much like a real hamburger.

      But they are not very healthy because they have so much added oil. So I only eat them rarely. I am guessing that oil is to make them tastier and more palatable.

      But I think eating either one of these is probably healthier than eating a beef hamburger. And if they will help people eat less meat it would be great for the environment and the animals. Kind of a small but helpful step towards veganism.

    • That article is unfortunate.

      “Try to distance vegetarian and vegan diets from healthy lifestyles in your mind—if you want to be healthy, remove heavily processed foods and added sugar from your diet and spend 30 minutes a day exercising.”

      Consumption of meat is clearly and repeatedly linked to some of the biggest killers (cancer, heart disease...) and just removing “heavily processed” food doesn’t address that fact.

      Let’s try to popularize truly healthy food for sure, but don’t throw the plant-based baby out with the bath water. Unfortunately food manufacturers are having to cater to an American palate that abhors vegetables, or perhaps we would see something plant-based with wide appeal that’s healthier.

    • If only black bean burgers could create a sensation like Popeye’s new fried chicken sandwiches.

      This stuck in my craw from the article:

       I’ve hung out with enough Silicon Valley startup vegantrepreneurs to know that their overarching goal is to convert more people to plant-based lifestyles for animal rights and tenuously environmental purposes.

      Tenuously environmental? That seems like an incredibly tone deaf thing to write on the day of the largest environmental marches ever. The Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who started Impossible Foods are passionate about their overarching goal being the environment.

    • Impossible definitely should push the angle that there carbon/water footprints of their burger are about 10% of beef's. That's huge when you look at all the burgers served in the US, even a fraction of that number would have an impact.

      But health wise it's not the best option. Yesterday I made turkey burgers and the 85% ground turkey I used has about 2/3 the calories and fat of impossible's. But you lose out on that traditional burger taste, you can doctor it up to be tasty but in a different way.

      I would love if black bean burgers with great spices and toppings which complemented them could come out. Or a chickpea based one, if you view these as their own foods and don't treat them just like a burger they can be right up there. And you can have an even healthier meal with them as well.