Meatless Meat Phenomenon
EL Singapore|September 2021
Expat Living contributor CATHIE HEARNS shares her views on the meatless meat phenomenon.
Cathie Hearns

There are many reasons why people may choose to turn their backs on eating animals – cruelty, reducing carbon emissions and better health all come to mind.

The numbers who are actually doing this, though, remain quite low in places: for instance, vegans and vegetarians make up just three percent of the US population. In order to get a better foothold in the carnivore market, the meatless meat industry has turned to products that not only look and taste like the real deal but also give a reason why one should make the switch: it’s healthier for the environment.

To this end, some of the fake meat burger patties, with their realistic texture and “bloodiness”, appear to have got it right – certainly on the aesthetics. As the verdict on taste may be somewhat more subjective, let’s take a quick look at what they’re made of and how much better for your health and the planet they might be.

With Americans consuming an average of 2.4 burgers a day (around 50 billion a year) we will use the meatless burger patty as the basis for comparison.

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