Fake Meats, Finally, Taste Like Meat

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    Apr 04, 2014 12:06 AM GMT
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    NYT: Last May, Whole Foods recalled two types of curried chicken salad that had been sold in some of its stores in the Northeast.

    The retailer’s kitchens had accidentally confused a batch of “chick’n” salad made with a plant protein substitute with one made from real chicken, and reversed the labels.

    Consumers buying the version labeled as having been made from actual chicken were instead eating vegetarian chicken salad — and thus inadvertently were exposed to soy and eggs, allergens that must be identified on labels under federal regulations.

    “None of the customers apparently noticed the difference,” said Ethan Brown, founder and chief executive of Beyond Meat, which made the substitute in the product that was recalled.

    Do you use fake meat in your diet? Downsides compared to real protein?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/03/business/meat-alternatives-on-the-plate-and-in-the-portfolio.html?src=me&ref=general
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    Apr 04, 2014 1:21 AM GMT
    Their fake chicken is excellent. The Morningstar Farms chicken patties are good too and half the price of Beyond Meats.
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    Apr 04, 2014 2:24 AM GMT
    Am willing to eat fake chicken if I can have your body!
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    Apr 04, 2014 2:25 AM GMT
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    Apr 04, 2014 2:48 AM GMT
    Like fake fur, fake meat perpetuates the notion of REAL meat, so anyone who eats it for ethical reasons should really re-examine their morals.

    The fake BEEF is soy free, and actually mentioned by this vegan bodybuilder in his spaghetti squash recipe:



    Wonder if there was cross contamination of trace soy products in the factory.
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    Apr 04, 2014 3:27 AM GMT
    I'm going vegan now. icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 04, 2014 5:01 AM GMT
    The steam from the Tofurky plant here mixes with the steam from the brewery and gives me really strange urges...icon_redface.gif
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    Apr 04, 2014 5:10 AM GMT
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    Morning Star fake "sausage" patties taste better than real sausage in my opinion.

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    And Tofu Crumbles is fantastic. Tastes nothing like tofu!
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    Apr 04, 2014 2:35 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidFor a while there, I was using a lot of meat substitutes to get high levels of plant based protein since I am a vegetarian. But over the couple months I did so I noticed that I started developing digestive problems. And I have come to the conclusion that these products which primarily contain vital wheat gluten were really tearing up my insides. I wasn't really digesting food and it was like my intestines were backed up.

    This food was just sitting in my stomach and wasn't going anywhere. I have dinner at night, have a few hours of rest, then go to sleep and then in the morning about 12 to 14 hours later I would belch and the food was literally still in my stomach and would upchuck slightly into my mouth. I was throwing up food I ate at least twelve hours ago. At first, I didn't know what was happening and thought maybe something else was wrong. But then once I decided to exclude vital wheat gluten from my diet my insides started to work much better again. It was constipating me and it was shutting down my intestines. I can eat soy based products but that's about it.

    It's really too bad because meat substitutes like a field roast have as many grams of protein per ounce compared to steak, albeit plant based. If you don't know what a field roast is, it's sort of looks like and tastes like a meatloaf. Spread some Baby Ray's barbecue sauce on it and it's very tasty.

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    Well, all meat substitutes are highly processed too. It's not like they try to over-process them, it's just the way it is to get it that way. I don't eat the meat substitutes that often for that reason alone. I have a cast iron stomach, so although I haven't had any of the digestion problems you've had, I don't think it's healthy to eat them on a daily basis because in the end, they are simply not a "whole food."
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    Apr 04, 2014 2:43 PM GMT
    CarolinaMan saidTheir fake chicken is excellent. The Morningstar Farms chicken patties are good too and half the price of Beyond Meats.


    These are super bomb!
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    Apr 14, 2014 1:50 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
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    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidFor a while there, I was using a lot of meat substitutes to get high levels of plant based protein since I am a vegetarian. But over the couple months I did so I noticed that I started developing digestive problems. And I have come to the conclusion that these products which primarily contain vital wheat gluten were really tearing up my insides. I wasn't really digesting food and it was like my intestines were backed up.

    This food was just sitting in my stomach and wasn't going anywhere. I have dinner at night, have a few hours of rest, then go to sleep and then in the morning about 12 to 14 hours later I would belch and the food was literally still in my stomach and would upchuck slightly into my mouth. I was throwing up food I ate at least twelve hours ago. At first, I didn't know what was happening and thought maybe something else was wrong. But then once I decided to exclude vital wheat gluten from my diet my insides started to work much better again. It was constipating me and it was shutting down my intestines. I can eat soy based products but that's about it.

    It's really too bad because meat substitutes like a field roast have as many grams of protein per ounce compared to steak, albeit plant based. If you don't know what a field roast is, it's sort of looks like and tastes like a meatloaf. Spread some Baby Ray's barbecue sauce on it and it's very tasty.

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    Well, all meat substitutes are highly processed too. It's not like they try to over-process them, it's just the way it is to get it that way. I don't eat the meat substitutes that often for that reason alone. I have a cast iron stomach, so although I haven't had any of the digestion problems you've had, I don't think it's healthy to eat them on a daily basis because in the end, they are simply not a "whole food."


    The point I was making was not related to avoiding processed foods. It had to do with realizing that vital wheat gluten consumed in high amounts was causing me problems. Although not related to being gluten intolerant, eating large quantities can affect a person to varying degrees. I don't go into anaphylactic shock when I eat wheat products but when I eat them in high amounts they do not work well for me. Also, procuring wheat glugen dates as far back as ancient China which is nothing more than rinsing the starch from wheat flour leaving the glutin behind which is high in protein. I wouldn't necessarily call this a processed food. Junk like pop tarts is a processed food.


    I understood your comment. I was simply adding that they are processed foods. "Processed" is not a black or white term. The minute you start to slice an apple you are "processing" it. It's the degree of processing that can change it from a health food to an unhealthy one.