Is the Beyond Meat Burger Beyond Healthy? (Part 2)

Nutrition and Diet

Last week I had the pleasure of being invited to share my thoughts on the Beyond Meat Burger with CBC News and CBC Radio.

Beyond Meat Still Trending

A few months ago I had written an article about the Beyond Meat Burger when it was released here in Canada at A&W Restaurants. In that article, I compared the nutrition facts to their regular beef burgers to see if the beyond meat version is worth the hype. It has been one of my most-read articles to date, so it was no surprise to me when I heard the story was making national headlines! You can read the full article breaking down the nutrition facts of beyond meat here.

This plant-based beef alternative is becoming more and more popular, with restaurants and grocery stores lining up to put the product on their menu. Even Tim Hortons, a spot known more for their coffee and donuts than burgers recently hopped on the “beyond burger bandwagon” and has started offering the plant-based burger in their restaurants.

Click the link here to check out my segment on CBC Morning Live! Or watch below!

The Bottom Line

With the current plant-based food trend in full swing, many companies are promoting their products as healthy simply based on the fact that that don’t contain meat or dairy. What’s important to remember is that highly processed foods might be not-so-healthy for us whether they contain meat or not.

Instead, if you want to eat a healthier diet AND reduce your meat intake, a great first step is to choose less processed foods and aim for a more “whole foods” way of eating. You can even try making your own plant-based burgers like my recipe for these delicious homemade Beet and Black Bean Burgers.

And of course, if you have questions about finding YOUR best diet, talk to a Registered Dietitian!

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About the Author: Stephanie Hnatiuk is a Registered Dietitian, Personal Trainer, and Diabetes Educator based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She believes good health doesn’t need to be complicated, and that you can always have your cake and eat it too.