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Let’s Break Down Plant-Based Meats

Plant-based meats are all the rage and everyone is getting on the bandwagon. From Nestle’s Sweet Earth plant-based “meats” to Impossible Foods meat alternatives to Kellogg’s Incogmeato, plant-based meats are the food industry’s newest offering and it’s bringing in big bucks. Analysts project that plant-based meats and products will generate $85 billion by 2030.

Needless to say, manufacturers love the new plant-based trend. But as consumers, what do we need to know about these foods?

Fans of plant-based meats boast lower cholesterol, fat and calories than traditional meats. Many believe that consuming plant-based meats instead of traditional ones are also better for the environment because they use less water and land to produce. Critics of plant-based meats say the soy used to make them can raise estrogen levels in the body. Here’s the 411 on meat alternatives.

Types of Plant-Based Meat

These foods are made with soybeans and can take the flavor and shape of chicken, beef, pork or seafood

Soy-based meat substitutes

Other meat substitutes

In conclusion, if you’re a meat-eater, then eating a meat substitute periodically meals can be better for your health. Research shows that some meats like red meat can raise your cholesterol and had even been linked to cancer, diabetes and premature death. However, you may want to limit your consumption of soy-based meat substitutes to keep estrogen levels normal.

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