A new vegan chicken substitute called Beyond Meat is selling out of grocery stores in California. Backed by Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone and vetted by flexitarian hero Mark Bittman, this fake meat supposedly looks and tastes just like the real thing. Beyond Meat sounds pretty amazing; it might just be the best meat alternative on the market. More
Topic: fake meat
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the fake meat industry, which is seeing a boom in business, thanks to innovations in food processing, and a willingness by consumers to try new stuff. But plenty of folks are concerned about how highly-processed many of these vegetarian and vegan products are. More than a few readers suggested on Facebook and in the comments that I try making wheat gluten (which is usually marketed as seitan) at home, instead of purchasing heavily-packaged, GMO-laden soy products. I Googled around for recipes and, it turns out, it’s basically the easiest thing in the world to make–even for me, who is, admittedly, not particularly skilled in the kitchen. More
In the last 10 years, meat substitutes have come a long way. According to an NPR report, in the last year alone, over 100 new fake meat products have been introduced in the United States, including everything from “beef tips” to “orange chicken” and “pulled pork.” It’s multi-million dollar industry–but are meat substitutes really better for the planet, or for your health? More
If you’re skeptical of vegan meat products, stories of Quorn‘s frozen “Chick’n” products might scare you back to grass-fed beef: The fungus-based protein used in their vegan chicken is making people sick, and The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) wants you to know about it. According to their reports, there are several hundred documented cases of consumers experiencing adverse reactions to the vegan meat; in some cases, quite extreme. Which seems like good enough proof to me that the best way to figure out what’s good or bad to eat is just to steer clear of processed food. More
What is it? Seitan (pronounced say-tahn) is a meat-substitute made from wheat gluten. Sometimes known as “wheat meat,” its most popular in Asian and macrobiotic cuisines. It’s also quite easy to make at home, and freezes well.
What’s it like? Depending on how it’s made, seitan can range from tough and chewy to light and spongy. The flavor depends on what you cook else you cook it with and what else is added to it as it’s made. More
By 2050, nine billion people are expected to be alive. To feed those nine billion people, leading scientists think that artificial meat grown in vats might be needed to avoid destroying the earth. Yum. Scientists are urging a re-examination of … More