The “impossible burger” is called so because, in spite of being vegan, the burger patty tastes, sizzles, looks and even bleeds exactly like meat. Several scientists at “Impossible Foods” have engineered this meat using a molecule called ‘'heme” which has the same flavor and texture of blood. This molecule is derived from soy plants. The experts have also used coconut flakes in order to make the meat sizzle on the grill. The impossible burger has gained popularity soon and is being served in nearly 400 restaurants.
It is time to stop associating proteins only with meat. A 3-ounce impossible burger patty has 220 calories, 20 grams of protein, 13 grams of fat and 5 grams of carbohydrates. It is completely free from cholesterol. Coming to macronutrients, this vegan patty provides you almost 100% of your daily Vitamin B12 requirement and additionally contains thiamin, zinc, iron, niacin, and folate.
Now, let’s see how this burger can change our planet. The production and consumption of meat leaves behind a deep environmental footprint. The impossible burger uses 95% less land, 74% less water and creates 87% less greenhouse gas emissions when compared to cows. This meat is 100% free of hormones, antibiotics, and artificial ingredients. As a result of which, this meat has an incredibly positive impact on our planet.
Sure, this meat has truckloads of health and environmental benefits. But, does it really taste like meat? Vegetarians who have not eaten meat for several years due to environmental and ethical reasons say this meat has exceeded all their expectations. Non-vegetarians refused to believe this was vegan meat as it completely imitated the flavor and texture of meat.
The meat with ‘‘heme’’ molecule is also being used in other foods such as tacos. Tallboy’s at Chicago uses vegan meat in their taco filling and charges 12 dollars for a pair of them. Certain cafeterias of schools have accepted this form of meat as well.
Several startups are finding new ways to mimic the taste of chicken, tuna, lamb, and pork. We will keep you updated!