Beyond Meat On The Today Show
NBC’s Craig Melvin reported on Beyond Meat, a plant-based meat substitute, and challenged Matt Lauer, Al Roker, and the rest of the Today Show anchors to a taste-test. The goal: to see if any of these meat-eaters could tell the difference (in taste and in texture) between real meat and fake meat.
Spoiler alert: they failed.
Bill Gates and the founders of Twitter are already getting behind this product, and are betting millions that Beyond Meat could “change the world.” Gates has already tried the meat substitutes and was unable to tell the difference between their product and the ‘real thing.’ Gates has gone on record saying that if Beyond Meat’s producers can get international distribution and can drop the price below meat (it’s already almost cheaper), they “can make a real contribution to human nutrition.” And with no cholesterol, no trans fats, and no hormones, it’s easy to see how this company could realistically go on to do just that.
Considering the environmental devastation as well as the obvious and needless animal suffering and death caused by the animal agriculture industries, modern technology’s ability to create seamless imitations of real animal products leave no more excuses for meat-eaters.
Reduce your impact. Improve your health. Sacrifice neither taste nor price.
I have this product in my fridge right now as I read this.
My problem with these fake meats is its not natural. There are chemicals in just about everything now and you’ll do better to try and stay away from them, so what’s to say this is any different? Don’t get me wrong, if it’s safe I’d have no problem eating it, but I don’t feel right about eating something completely artificial. If this becomes like a big thing and it’s easy to find information then we’ll see but personally I wouldn’t jump right into this without knowing what’s actually in it.
Why do we need to eat something that tastes like meat? We should be encouraging people to eat vegetables, beans, fruits and whole grains, not a fake meat product made from chemicals.
For me, it’s less about telling people what they should eat, and more about what they should not eat. As a rule, veganism is much healthier than a diet of meat, dairy and eggs, and that’s a great benefit, but health is not the reason I try to get people to go vegan. I do it for animal rights. And for the many people out there who literally only eat animal products because it’s pleasurable to their taste buds, products like this can be a great eye-opener into the fact that you can still eat all the same, identical-tasting foods as a vegan that you can as a non-vegan. Of course, if meat-eaters out there would be willing to skip the meat substitutes and go straight to a raw vegan diet, that’s great. But I think there are a ton of people who would be much more open to the idea if they felt they didn’t have to “give up” the taste of animal products. And ultimately, as long as people aren’t paying for torture and slaughter, that’s all I care about. Not whether someone is eating something made from “chemicals.”
As for what estimated-prophet said, if you watched the video (or even read my caption), you would see that Beyond Meat is actually pretty healthy, at least much healthier than real animal flesh. Beyond Meat is made up of vegetable protein - mostly peas. Respectable names were even saying this product could make a significant contribution to human nutrition. Did you miss that part? Also, if you don’t want to eat anything at all that is processed or contains “chemicals” then make sure you never enter the meat section of any grocery store. Because if anything is pumped full of hormones, preservatives and other harmful chemicals, it’s meat.
The fact that you say you would never eat anything “artificial” is pretty interesting. What is your definition of artificial? Because if you are arbitrarily condemning any food that is meant to imitate something else, then that’s pretty misguided. Just because Beyond Meat’s chicken isn’t made from an actual animal’s flesh doesn’t automatically mean that it’s dangerous and scary. In fact, it’s quite the other way around. There are hamburgers made from black beans too, you know. Are you really telling me you believe that just because bean burgers use something besides real meat, that automatically makes the fattening and cholesterol-pumped beef burger more healthy? If you literally are saying that you never eat anything “artificial,” or that contains “chemicals,” then I am truly stunned and impressed. That must mean that you grow/raise all of your own food and never use anything like pesticides, never eat fast food, boxed cereal, hot dogs, sausages, hamburgers, anything that comes in a can, ham, bacon, gelatin, cheese, non-raw milk, yogurt, any refined oils, soft drinks, corn syrup, pasta, any kind of dough, etc. etc. etc. Because all of those things require either processing, additives, or both.
Going completely raw vegan is absolutely the healthiest thing you can do for your body, and if you’re saying that’s your standard, then wonderful! But if you’re still eating all or any of the above, I think a meat substitute made from peas and carrots is the least of your worries.