More expensive than meat and with lower nutritional value

Vegetable burgers that imitate meat are more successful. However, its protein content is still low, according to a new study conducted by the Association of Consumers and Consumers.

After examining 14 second-generation hamburgers from supermarkets, he concluded that they did not “fulfill the requirements of meat and showed poor protein quality.”

The proteins that are found in vegetarian burgers usually come from soy, wheat, peas or rice, but they lack some important amino acids that are beneficial such as histidine and lysine . The first is one of the nine essential amino acids, it is found in protein foods such as meat, fish, eggs and dairy products and is involved in kidney function, neurotransmission, gastric secretion and the body is weak.

Lysine, for its part, is important for the production of muscle and collagen, an important component of cartilage, tissue and skin, in addition to other functions. All foods of animal origin contain this amino acid, especially red meat and poultry, such as chicken or turkey, as well as eggs and cheese. However, it is still found in many vegetables such as spinach or kale, which stand out for their lysine content; but also of fruit, pear, papaya, apricot or apple, and of dried fruit, walnuts or almonds.

less additives

These amino acids, although they cannot be found in burgers, can be obtained by accompanying them with bread, potatoes and carrot and cucumber salad.

On the other hand, the most used fat in its preparation is rapeseed, coconut or sunflower. Only two are made with olive oil and, according to the product, they contain a lot of salt.

OCU shows a reduction in additives, something good, since the work of these has been replaced with other ingredients such as concentrated beet or juice used as a color.

In addition to what has already been said about the nutritional value, the second generation of vegetable burgers is more expensive than the original beef.

Most of them are like meat, according to customers

According to the analysis of OCU, vegetable burgers often do not trust their customers because they do not achieve the goal of being similar with meat, or because of their color, or because they do not smell smell, taste or texture. Only three of the hamburgers evaluated were better in the final aspect_

Beyond Burger from Beyond Meat (25.97€/kg)

Free meat 4 traditional burgers from Fry’s (14.77€/kg)

Vegan Burger from Next Level Meat (11.41€/kg)

The last two, on the other hand, have negative consequences in terms of hygiene and nutritional value.


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