Excerpt from Women’s Health:
Is The Impossible Burger Really Better For You Than A Regular Burger?
No matter how many times your intense vegan friends insist that veggie burgers taste just as good (even better!) than your regular beef patty…well, you know that’s kind of B.S.
However, the trendy Impossible Burger (which, damn, looks a lot like a real burger) is out to change your mind.
While you’ve probably seen this vegan burger all over your social media feeds, you have questions. Lots of questions. Like…is it good for you? And how does it bleed like beef?
Well, for the IB-curious, here’s what nutritionists think you should know:
What is the Impossible Burger?
No, your server didn’t flub your order. The patty really does look, sizzle, feel, and even “bleed” like a traditional hamburger. But it’s a meatless, completely plant-based patty.
Impossible Foods, the makers of the burger, say on their website that they spent five years working to come up with something that recreates the taste, texture, and smell of a traditional beef burger made with no animal products. (Seems impossible…hence the name.)
Bonus: It’s eco-friendly, too. Impossible Foods says that compared to cattle production, “the Impossible Burger uses 95 percent less land, 74 percent less water, and creates 87 percent less greenhouse gas emissions.” Although to be fair, the same can be said of most other meat-free burgers and foods.
Impossible burger ingredients and nutrition
While the Impossible Burger is made from plant-based ingredients…that doesn’t mean it’s all vegetables. The Impossible Burger ingredients list includes wheat protein, coconut oil, and potato protein.
The Impossible Burger has roughly 29 percent more calories than a traditional beef patty.
And even though it’s plant-based, a three-ounce serving clocks in at 220 calories, 13 grams of fat (including 10 grams of saturated fat), and 20 grams of protein, which isn’t super nutritious, says Amy Goodson, R.D. and board-certified specialist in sports