How 13 Veggie Burgers Compare To Real Meat


Nico Reyes: Ooh, that smells good! Ian Burke: It smells like… Meredith Cash: Rubber. Benji Jones: This one looks and feels like it’s not gonna taste good. It’s like peanut butter in your mouth. That’s me and a few hungry coworkers tasting 13 different veggie burgers. Ian: Nope, nope, nope, nope.
It tastes like broccoli. Benji: Today, you can find veggie burgers pretty much everywhere. And some brands are even
trying to give real beef a run for its money. But how do they all stack up? And are they really that much
healthier than the real thing? That’s what I set out to discover. Let’s go hunt some veggie burgers! There are so many options! In grocery stores, I
found your typical brands, like Boca and MorningStar. And at fast-food chains, I picked up the Impossible
Burger and the Beyond Burger. And after that, there was
nothing left to do but eat and rank which burgers reigned supreme. Kyle Desiderio: This is
like re-re-re-refried beans. Benji: Spoiler, that
brand wasn’t a favorite. Nico: This is beans on,
like, the second week. Beans.
Kyle: Oh, God. Benji: In the end, six
volunteers, including me, tasted all 13 veggie burgers. Plus, one real beef burger, which I tossed in for good measure. We scored each burger on its overall look, smell, taste, and texture, and on how it compared
to a real beef burger. Ian: That’s like wet
sand. It just fell apart. Meredith: You don’t
need teeth to eat this. Benji: Overall, the veggie burgers… well, they weren’t very popular. But one did stand out: the Impossible Burger from Burger King. Commercial: With a patty
made from plants, no beef. Get it while it lasts. Nico: That’s a burger. Holy moly!
Kyle: That’s really good. This is the best one by far.
Nico: In terms of taste. I thought we were gonna
be sad this whole time. Benji: It got a near-perfect score in the first category. It even beat out the beef burger, and it was just shy of the
beef burger in the second one. Which makes sense, because, you know, beef should win in a category about how meat-like something is. The only other veggie
burger that came close in either category was Gardein. But as you can see, it was still several points
away from Impossible. And there was something else I noticed. Many of the low-scoring burgers were knocked for smelling
and tasting artificial. Meredith: No. I taste chemicals. This tastes like plastic, like, up in the back of your palate. And I can’t get past that. Ian: It smells like Clorox. Benji: And that got me thinking, are these burgers actually good for you? After all, eating healthy
is one of the main reasons why people avoid red meat. So I asked a registered dietitian. Today we’re gonna talk
about veggie burgers, so I thought it was
appropriate that we would get one of the new Impossible
Burgers from Burger King. Lisa Moskovitz: I don’t
regularly eat Burger King, or at least I don’t want
anyone to know that I (laughs). Benji: After I was scolded for making a dietician eat fast food, we got into it. Lisa: Hm. Benji: From a health point of view, what should you consider? Lisa: If it’s gonna be
the source of protein, then you definitely wanna
look at the protein content. Benji: She said to shoot for: Lisa: 15 to 30 grams of
protein per veggie burger. Benji: So, how did our burgers measure up? Let’s take a look. As you can see, a lot of
them had plenty of protein, like Dr. Praeger’s. Twenty-eight grams! That’s way more than even the beef burger. And while a lot of veggie-burger
protein comes from soy, Moskovitz said that’s not a problem. Lisa: Now, the consensus
is pretty much that not only is soy not bad for you, but it actually can fight off cancer. It can be really good for your heart, and as a vegetarian and
definitely as a vegan, it’s a really good source
of complete protein. Benji: You should also
be mindful of sodium. Lisa: The average healthy adult
should try to keep it under 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day. So, if the veggie burger is clocking in at over 600 to 700 milligrams of salt, you know, that’s also
something to consider. Benji: Now, all 13 veggie burgers did have more sodium than the beef patty. But they were still well
below that 600-milligram mark. And another nutrient to look out for is: Lisa: Saturated fat. Especially if you have a history of high cholesterol or any
sort of heart disease. If you can find one that has, like, less than 2 or 3 grams of saturated fat, that would be great. Benji: Here’s where the
Impossible and Beyond burgers stood out. Unlike most of the other veggie burgers, they had a similar amount
of saturated fat as beef. And that’s at least partly why they taste so much like the real thing. But there’s one type of fat that really sets veggie
burgers apart from real beef. And that’s trans fat. Lisa: The one thing you’ll
ever hear a dietician say don’t eat ever is trans fat. You know, everything in moderation, except for trans fat. It increases your bad LDL cholesterol, and it decreases your
good HDL cholesterol. Benji: So, there’s actually
good reason to believe that veggie burgers are
healthier than meat. Especially considering that red meat has been linked to some forms of cancer. But that doesn’t mean veggie
burgers are healthy in general. Case in point, remember
that chemical taste? Meredith: I taste chemicals. Benji: It might have something to do with the dozens of ingredients
added to these burgers to make them taste like a beef patty. Lisa: If it has a ton of
ingredients, you know, that’s probably an issue. And if a lot of those things a 5-year-old can’t pronounce, then that’s even more of an issue. Benji: I mean, I can’t
even pronounce these. And how you prepare that
burger also matters. Lisa: Are you putting cheese on it? Are you putting a ton of
ketchup and mayonnaise? Are you having it on a white bun? You know, that’s also
something you wanna consider. Benji: In other words,
fast food is fast food. It is interesting, ’cause,
like, I look at this burger, and I’m like, I am healthier
than the person next to me eating this with meat. Lisa: Yes, it might be healthier, but if you’re eating this every day and the guy next to you
is eating that beef burger once a month, who’s really healthier? Benji: Now, of course, there are reasons other than personal health
to choose veggie burgers. They have a smaller
environmental footprint than beef, for example. And no cows were killed to make them. And if you are concerned
about your health, just look for burgers with
a short list of ingredients. Or, better yet, make them yourself. Nick Fernandez: I eat almost everything. That’s just terrible.

93 thoughts on “How 13 Veggie Burgers Compare To Real Meat

  1. just because you can't pronounce something doesn't mean it is bad for you and vise versa (ex: annatto that you showed is a natural food coloring from seeds). meat replacements have many chemicals but most meat products in stores (processed or not) have a lot of additives (just look at the list on a whole turkey/chicken/ham). food and nutrition science is always changing as exemplified by soy. What is obvious is that everything needs to be in moderation and the less something is processed the better it is. Just eat whole fruits/vegetables and meats/grains in non-american portion sizes. Cook your own food and buy local as much as possible.

  2. The thing is I don’t like that general rule “if a five year old cannot pronounce it, it must be a fake harmful chemical and don’t eat it.” For example riboflavin. Some people were freaking out that it was in beyond meat “and checked it wasn’t listed.” But even if it was it was vitamin B2. It’s just annoying when people post stuff saying wow I can’t even pronounce this it must be bad. Sure some of it may be bad but back up your claims and do your research instead of just saying “welp it’s hard to pronounce must be toxic.”

  3. I'm sorry, but I don't care if the veggie burgers I eat are healthy. I eat them because they are way better for the environment and no animal has to die for them. If you mostly stick to a whole foods diet, you'll be fine to indulge in a veggie burger once in a while.

  4. In the case of plant based meat verses animal meat it is NOT a tie as they'd like to put it.

    Nobody who eats cheeseburgers is eating 1 per month. That is not realistic to assume and they conveniently failed to account for animal meat having cholesterol whereas plants have none.

    The reason for meats association with cancer is partly due to heme iron which is only found in meat and is overabsorbed by the body because it can not be regulated, while plant iron is able to be regulated by the body.

    Also don't forget that kidney disease is commonly caused by excessive animal protein intake. People eat way more protein than the human body actually needs and this overburdens the kidneys, damaging them.
    I'm sure there's a thousand more things that could be said but the last thing I need to point out is that there is NO such thing as complete protein! This is just a catchy word combo that some stupid magazine released years ago and it never dissipated! It has been debunked countless times and it should be common knowledge of being an untruth by now. Almost all foods including plant foods contain ALL of the necessary amino acids to make protein but they just contain them in different amounts. Some plant foods contain more of some amino acids than others but the only food that does not have them all is an animal food called gelatin.

    It is stupid to call something complete because it has an amino acid structure similar to meat. You shouldn't hold meat to be the standard for protein adequacy especially when considering the previously mentioned kidney problems or cancer growth problems implicated by meats protein content.

  5. 5:37 "I mean, not even I can pronounce these"

    Annatto: an orange red food coloring derived from the seeds of the South and Central American achiote tree (i.e. natural)

    Disodium Inosinate: flavor additive found in instant noodles and potato chips, no evidence of toxicity.

    Disodium guanylate: produced from dry seaweed, often added to instant noodles, potato chips, cured meats, and packaged soups.

    Methylcellulose: derived from cellulose, an organic compound in plants, no evidence of toxicity. Used as a thickening agent in a number of products including ice cream, toothpaste, and shampoo.

    Let's not overlook the number of chemicals and growth hormones which farmers inject their livestock with to the point where the animals' skeletal frames can barely support their own weight, resulting in morbid obesity, cardiac conditions and skeletal injury

  6. *Fast Food ad: Do you wanna lose that big belly we gave you? Well, eat a tree from the amazon. #Changingworld #Globalworming #Savetheplanet #Young

  7. It's sad that ethical, environmental alternatives to meat are being treated like a bizzare, repulsive spectacle as these sheltered, closed-minded "study participants" would lead you to believe.
    If you want to be truly repulsed to the point where you want to gouge your eyes out, watch this video which showcases how the meat you eat is cultivated:

    https://vimeo.com/278963435

  8. Dang hippies! Trying to push their vegan agenda on us!………………………. is what someone might say of they're crazy! I'm, what I call, an unintentional 90% vegetarian. I don't mean to but with so many veggie options I find myself eating less and less meat to a point where I can go over a week without eating any real meat. I like it!

  9. Too short, especially since you keep cutting off the one people that know what tf she is talking about

    Barely count as crash course

  10. Animal loving wankers who pretends it tastes the same when it’s no where near as good. We are animals and we need animal fats and proteins.

    Eating this shit will turn you into a soyboy. Animals don’t have feeling it’s ok to eat them Jesus said so

  11. Pasture raised beef (other meat as well) is actually better for the land than just ag crops. The cattle regenerate the land and can revitalise it when let go to weed. It would also reduce the amount of meat that can be produced so ppl would eat less but be eating better quality.

  12. Went to Carl's Jr and asked about their beyond burger. And the employee literally told me…..

    It tastes like shit. Buy a regular burger 😂😂😂

  13. Those hamburgers are better when you do it yourself, even rial meat hamburgers can taste like plastic if you bought a done one.

  14. In the ingredient part the ingredients you said u couldn't pronounce there is one you highlighted…Anatto…its actually a spice we use often in Latin America. It's very good for you kinda like a paprika. Lol so please don't insinuate it's a chemical just cause you cannot pronounce it or don't know what it is. Lol

  15. A couple years from now, there might be Cancer's linked to all this… It's a "better alternative" like vaping to actual smoking

  16. I've tried several veggie burgers and my body just rejects it. It's not meat, it's not even worthy. If you want good burgers, go to a butcher's shop.

  17. as a vegetarian and later vegan i never cared much for these products, with the exception of quorn (the plain variety). and why would a vegan want his food to look like meat?

  18. Just because you are not educated enough to pronounce something doesn't mean its toxic.
    One of the highlighted items was Annato, a common Mexican seasoning like Cumin. . .
    ヽ(;へ;)ノ

  19. They are all shit bergs 💩
    A real Berger has real meat 🥩, I love 💕 meat 🥩. I will always love ❤️ meat 🥩
    I also eat vegetables as well, l love all types of 🥘
    Vegan people are fucken idiots 😱

  20. You served them cold on its own. "While it contains soy"? Judging veggie fast food by impossibly healthy standards. These are the kinds of arguments Ive only heard from Neanderthals ten years ago. Hit peace. Unsubbed.

  21. It would have been cool if the went through and filmed the process of trying each veggie burger. Saying one of the burgers tastes like "rubber" without specifying which burger company is not helpful. In addition, not all veggie burgers are trying to imitate real burgers. Some veggie burgers are trying to give off a "vegetable taste."

  22. The pronunciation test tells you the person talking knows nothing about science. So many ingredients have a complicated name and a friendly one, doesnt change anything having an easy pronunciation

  23. Ok we talk about how harmful processed foods are so my theory is that, because there's more processes that go into into making a vegetable look like meat, it has to be less healthy than eating a regular burger with a lower fat ratio. Like 85-15.

  24. No cows were killed to make veggie burgers, well yes obviously.

    But how many innocent living, breathing plants were ruthlessly butchered to make those veggie burgers? Plants are living organisms too.

    Vegetarians are murderers! Vegans are murderers!

  25. Slow day in the office huh SI? Failed video as is just show how ignorant you are. What's the point of being vegan if burgers is one of the menu? Jeez 😰 even five years old understand that 😂
    Oh and I don't need to complain about chemical pronunciation part as the others comment already mentioned it alot..

  26. I eat a good tasting burger because it taste good and it is very satisfying. All these alternative are just pretenders. I will not settle less than real beef in my burger.

  27. I've always been suspicious of vegan/vegetarian food that are sold as meat replacements because I don't know the additives and preservatives in them. Plus since they are made with vegetables, will any nutritional value remain after all the processing before even cooking them at home?

  28. How you cook it matters a lot. I tried impossible burger at one place and I think it absolutely tastes and feels like beef loved it but it was less tasty and different when I tried it in another restaurant another time

  29. I don’t think people eat vege or vegan burgers because it’s healthier … lol they’re still fast food for vegans or vegetarians. I’m sure they have other reasons for their dietary choices not just because it’s healthy. As much as a normal person can eat 20 beef burgers and get heart diseases, so can one with 20 vegan/veg burgers.

  30. going vegan or veggie is not about being healthy! We eat veggie/vegan because we don't want to support industrial livestock farming, and so on… i never heard someone saying that they got veggie because it's healthier lol

  31. There’s nothing like REAL meat. Sorry. I love my meat 🍖 There are so MANY meat-eating animals on the planet. Advice: Don’t try to save an antelope from being hunted by a lion – the lion will STARVE.

  32. I eat veggie burgers because I'm vegetarian. 🙄 I don't care if it not healthy. A regular burger is not healthy either way. Same shit bro.

  33. Oh, I get it. You keep making wildly inaccurate, badly researched videos with clickbaity titles because YouTube gives you easy money (ad revenue). No matter how many people report your channel, you won't get demonetized or deplatformed because, I guess, you're women and YouTube thinks women should get away with murder ad get paid for it.

  34. Processed food will never be as healthy as fresh food. You should eat a burger (veggie or not), because you want to splurge a little, not because it’s healthy for you

  35. I see a new "but are they healthier" story every week. Problem is they are not advertised as a health food. Same as vegan ice cream, it's junk food. Question you should be asking is, is it healthier for the planet.

  36. why do veggie burgers have to taste like meat? Also, u should try veggie burgers in India. Around half the population of India is vegetarian. And even meat-eaters eat veggie burgers. And the flavors are bomb because they use Indian spices in the burgers too.

  37. Funny part is we are comparing 2 horrible unhealthy processed food options with each other and seeing which is better. Best is do not eat any of this. Take high quality raw meat Cook it with good ingredients a little bit more oil is also ok. Put it in high quality multi grain bread with veggies u have the best burger in the world.

  38. unbelievable. when a self proclaimed "science" channel – takes advice from a dietician.
    LOL
    Dieticians have the most BASIC education of physiology, chemistry, and biology. The most important aspects of human nutritional absorption.

    In fact – in your video, your NOSE did a better job in estimating the culprits in the food. YES, that chemical taste – yeah that's BAD
    Yes real meat – that's something your ancestors have eaten since the dawn of evolution.
    RED MEAT is not the issue
    its processed meat, how you cook your red meat, and what you put on your red meat
    and ethically, how your red meat is grown. THAT IS WHAT makes it good or bad

    Yeah – its the process
    so when it comes to vegetarian burgers – -that matters. The process/ processing, makes it NOT A REAL FOOD for human consumption.

    eat real meat. simple.
    eat it if its ethically raised. if you hunted it/killed it.

    as for the transfat discussion— that was known since 1997 when I was in high school, and no one talked about it. AND it was already old news in the annals of biochemistry!!!

    So dieticians – they actually have no freaking clue about human physiology or how the krebs cycle is involved with atp production…
    and for that matter – exactly HOW transfats, contribute to cardiovascular disease.

    NO, its not simply a matter of reducing the HDL and increasing the LDL….duh

  39. I'll let the liberals who think they know everything be the guinea pigs for lab meat consumption. As far as I'm concerned if it didn't scream before it ended up on my plate then I don't want it.

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