Vegetarian Meat: Impossible or Impossibly Delicious?

Margeaux Aydt

What could be better than the feeling of sinking your teeth into a juicy, salty, tender hamburger? How about the feeling of eating a delicious burger knowing that you are helping fuel your body and take better care of the environment all in one meal? With plant based alternatives you can have your cake (or rather meat) and eat it too.

You may have seen the ads spread across billboards, interrupting your YouTube videos, or popping up at the bottom of websites for a new way to eat. A specific combination of vegetables and spices that come together to form an almost exact replica to one of America’s favorite cuisines.

“On average, Americans eat three hamburgers a week. That’s a national total of nearly 50 billion burgers per year,” according to PBS.

Now just imagine the amount of natural resources burned and methane released to make 50 billion burgers. This cannot be sustained forever in our environment. With burgers made from plants, we are able to reduce the amount of harmful gasses being released into our atmosphere tremendously.

“The Impossible Burger requires eighty-seven per cent less water and ninety-six per cent less land than a cowburger,” states Tad Friend, author of The New Yorker article, ‘Can a Burger Help Solve Climate Change?’

Not only are these burgers a great choice for the environment, they are also full of plant nutrients and proteins for a healthy diet. Plant-based ingredients contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which all have health benefits.

“Research indicates that plant-based diets can be beneficial for weight management, diabetes, and the microbiome. It also suggests that they may help prevent various health issues,” states Medical News Today. Meatless burgers are not only for vegetarians, but anyone who wants to enjoy a delicious meal, put their health first, and make a more eco-friendly choice.