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Doctor sounds off on Impossible Burgers: ‘They’re not healthy’

(WOOD) — By now you’ve likely seen the ads. Impossible Burgers, all the burger
with zero the beef.

National chains like Burger King, Qdoba and even McDonald’s are starting to provide a variety of meatless options of classic menu items, but are they any better for you than their meaty counterparts?

Dr. Krisit Artz,
Medical Director of Lifestyle Medicine & Virtual Health at Spectrum says
the answer is no.

“People hear that
they’re a plant-based alternatives to meat products, so they think they may be
healthier, but in fact when you look at the ingredient list, they’re typically
high in saturated fat, high in sodium, and they’re really just a processed
food,” Artz said. “They don’t have the health halo that people think they
should have.”

According to Burger King’s nutrition website, one
thing their 100 percent meatless Whopper has going for it is 80 milligrams less
cholesterol than the original sandwich. However, it does have ten percent more
sodium and nearly twenty percent more carbohydrates.

Both ingredients Artz
says are needed to help compensate the flavor and qualities a burger normally
has before removing the meat. 

“These burgers actually
sizzle like ground beef would. People are really surprised when they see the
product, they smell it, they see how it cooks and it’s really similar,” Artz
says. “They aren’t a whole food though, very much processed, kind of developed
in a test tube, put into the products, so it even bleeds, which is really

Given the similarities
between both, Artz says the Impossible Burger is a nice transitional product
for those who suffer from cardiovascular disease and others looking to remove
beef from their daily diet.

“Heart disease, stroke,
even things like diabetes other brain disorders, auto immune diseases there’s
definitely evidence to support whole food plant-based eating to improve your
health,” Artz said. “You don’t really eat a burger to be healthy, those who
really want something healthier would be better off eating a black bean burger
or something along those lines.”

The true benefit the
Impossible burgers provide isn’t nutritional but environmental. As a more
sustainable food option, the patties don’t come from animals, therefore
reducing greenhouse gas emission from beef farms.

And while the meatless
burgers may not be the healthiest meal you could eat, Artz is connived they will
stick around, and get better soon.

“It’s probably here to
stay. I think there’s definitely a growing trend toward people moving to more plant-based
diets,” Artz said. “I think like with everything else, we’ll see these products
becoming better, healthier, better ingredients being used, and they’re still
already great products on the market that are based on whole foods.”

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