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Plant-based ‘meat’ vs grass-fed meat

Dr Zoe Harcombe PhD

* A paper was published in Nature Scientific Reports in July 2021. It used an analytical profiling technique (metabolomics) to compare plant-based ‘meat’ and grass-fed meat for thousands of nutrients and outputs of the metabolic process (metabolites).

* The paper was written within the context of the increased interest in, and incidence of, plant-based ‘meat’ alternatives.

* The researchers examined numerous samples of plant-based meat vs grass-fed meat, which started from a similar serving size (113g), fat content (14g), saturated fat content (5-8g) and calories (220-250), but the differences were far greater than these startling similarities. The plant and meat burgers were strikingly different.

* There were many interesting points in the paper:
– How they make plants more ‘meat-like.’
– The nutrients commonly added to plant-based products.
– Evidence for fortified nutrients not being the same as natural nutrients.
– Plant-based products contain phytosterols and saccharides and other substances that may be undesirable.
– Plant-based burgers are processed and processed food is processed food.
– There are approximately 26,000 products and by-products of metabolism (metabolites). Fortifying a plant product with a single nutrient found in meat doesn’t start to replicate the synergistic health benefit of the real thing.

* The authors concluded that “a plant burger is not really a beef burger.”

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Good ryegrass and other natural feed plus sunshine resulting in healthy cattle… Why would anyone try to replace that? I never understood replacing natural butter with yellow dyed margarine and I will avoid lab meat as well. After millennia the human body knows how to process naturally formed food.

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  2. No matter what it is it still comes from a farmer . What they will eventually find is a cow eating grass in nz is a lot better for the environment than a south american burning down rain forrest to grow soybeans and yellow peas .

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