The “Impossible Burger” looks, cooks, smells, sizzles and tastes like conventional ground beef but is made entirely from plants.
Impossible! The 100% vegan burger that “bleeds”
Since you’re taking the time to read about burgers on the Internet, we can assume you really like burgers. Prepare to sink your teeth into all the juicy details of the 100% plant-based Impossible Burger.
More protein, less fat, fewer calories than beef
In July 2016, Impossible Foods launched the Impossible Burger, which "looks, cooks, smells, sizzles and taste like conventional ground beef but is made entirely from plants." Because it’s made entirely from plants, Impossible Foods says that an Impossible Burger uses 95% less land and 74% less water, and it emits about 87% less greenhouse gases than a burger from cows.
The plant-based burger has more protein, less total fat and fewer calories than a similar-sized hamburger patty made with beef. The Impossible Burger has no cholesterol, antibiotics or synthetic hormones. However it does contain five times as much sodium and more saturated fats than an unseasoned hamburger beef patty of comparable size.
What goes into an Impossible Burger?
The Impossible Burger is made from simple ingredients found in nature, including wheat, coconut oil and potatoes. They add one more special ingredient, called "heme". Heme contributes to the characteristic colour and taste of meat, and it catalyses all the other flavours when meat is cooked. While heme is exceptionally abundant in animal muscle, it’s a basic building block of life in all organisms, including plants.
Why you should consider the Impossible Burger
The way the world produces meat today is taking an enormous toll on our planet. According to livestock researchers, animal agriculture uses 30% of all land, over 25% of all freshwater on Earth, and creates as much greenhouse gas emissions as all of the world’s cars, trucks, trains, ships, and airplanes combined.
It takes a lot of land, water, food, and time for cows to turn plants into meat. And by basically skipping the biggest step in the plants-to-cows-to-burgers equation, Impossible save a lot of resources. Compared to a burger made from cows, making an Impossible Burger uses about 1/20th the land, 1/4th the water, and produces 1/8th the greenhouse gas emissions.
The company make their Impossible Burger entirely from plants, without the destructive impact of livestock so, they say, that future generations will always be able to enjoy a good old-fashioned burger.
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