The Impossible burger, a “meat substitute”, is a plant based burger found in restaurants around the US. Founded by Patrick O. Brown of Impossible Foods, the burger offers a meat like texture both similar in taste and nutrient content. This seems to be a great alternative for vegans, vegetarians, or just those who want another option other than beef, so it is too good to be true?
Lets Review the Ingredients
When looking at any processed or packaged food item the first step is to analyze the ingredient profile.
Here is the ingredient list from impossible foods:
Water, Soy Protein Concentrate, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, 2% or less of: Potato Protein, Methylcellulose, Yeast Extract, Cultured Dextrose, Food Starch Modified, Soy Leghemoglobin, Salt, Soy Protein Isolate, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Zinc Gluconate, Thiamine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Niacin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin B12.
What are the concerns?
Without getting too technical, the biggest concern is with genetically engineered ingredients like soy leghemoglobin. Many people avoid genetically modified organisms or GMOs for the potential effects they may have on overall health. The burger is also not a gluten free option and therefore is not suitable for those who are Celiac or are gluten-intolerant.
GMO foods are in every grocery store almost on every shelf and although they are considered GRAS (generally recognized as safe) According to the National institute of Research on Food and Nutrition “It is clear that genetic modification is inherently hazardous, as it invariably result in unpredictable and uncontrollable changes in the genome and the epigenome (pattern of gene expression) that impact on safety.”
When looking more at the pros and cons of GMO foods, the cons tend to outweigh the pros.
So how can you enjoy a plant based burger without GMO ingredients?
Try our recipe instead:
1 can Organic black beans
3 tbsp Organic tomato paste
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder, optional
1/4 tsp onion powder
2 tbsp flour of choice or oat bran
1/2 cup cooked diced vegetables of choice (Good options are mushrooms, onion, asparagus)
Additional spices and herbs to your liking
To make the veggie burgers, first drain, rinse, and mash the beans either by hand or in a food processor, depending on desired burger texture.
Stir in all other ingredients, and form patties.
Fry, Bake, or Grill theses patties and enjoy!