Around ten years ago, going vegan was nothing short of a nightmare for meat lovers. The fear of not being able to enjoy a hearty burger often kept people away from veganism. However, adapting to a plant-based diet is no longer as challenging with amazing plant-based meat substitutes brought by Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods.
What many deemed impossible just a few years ago, Beyond Meat and Impossible Meat, have now accomplished. The two companies both offer meat substitutes that are strikingly similar in taste, texture, and appearance to cow meat. The two companies currently lead the vegan meat substitute market with impossible foods being the creators of the infamous impossible whopper at Burger King.
While both meat substitutes are currently ruling the market, there is much debate about which one is better. In this article, we compare the two to help you conclude.
Beyond Meat Summary
- Texture: Pea, rice and mung bean protein
- Fat source: Coconut and Canola Oil
- Coloring: Beet extract
- All-natural flavors
- Not organic
- Certified vegan
Impossible Meat Summary
- Texture: Soy and Potato protein
- Fat source: Coconut and sunflower oil
- Coloring: Leghemoglobin
- Flavoring: soy leghemoglobin and natural flavors
- Certified Halal, and kosher
- Contains GMO
Impossible Vs. Beyond
The main nutrient in Impossible Meat is soy, which on its own, is incredibly beneficial. However, the kind found in Impossible Meat is highly processed and not as nutritious. If you are against highly processed food, then the Impossible Meat may not be the one for you.
Beyond meat gets its convincing beef-like texture from pea, rice, and mung bean protein. It is not heavily processed and contains only natural flavors, unlike Impossible Meat, which also utilizes soy leghemoglobin.
In terms of nutritional value, the Impossible burger takes the crown as it contains more fortified vitamins and minerals than Beyond Meat. It is also completely organic and certified halal and kosher. However, Impossible foods received significant backlash as they confessed to using animal testing to ensure the heme protein they use is safe for consumption by humans.
On the other hand, beyond meat is not entirely organic, nor is it certified halal or kosher. However, all of Beyond’s products are certified as vegan by the Vegan Action Foundation.
Despite the differences, both are engineered in a lab, though they are derived from plant-based sources. If you aren’t in favor of food engineering, then you may stay away from both. However, in terms of taste and texture, both the plant-based meat substitutes are incredibly similar to their animal-based counterparts.
Their burgers are particularly famous and pretty similar in various aspects. Both of them have almost 20g of protein, and each patty contains less than 300 calories. The main difference is the fat content with Beyond Meat containing 20g of fat per burger, whereas Impossible Meat patty contains 14g.
While both Beyond Meat and Impossible Meat make convincing plant-based meat substitutes, the options offered by Impossible Foods are limited. If you are a vegan meat enthusiast, you may want to look into Beyond Meat as it offers more than just burgers.