It's easy to think that plant-based, faux-meat alternatives are healthier than their traditional counterparts, but do we truly know what we're eating?
Plant-based foods are also processed, so it's not enough to just look at the list of ingredients; the way the food was made is also important.
Beyond and Impossible try to mimic meat with plant-based ingredients. This has made veganism easier for individuals who want to eat meat-like dishes.
According to experts, they are not always healthier and should be seen as "transitional" foods that help people introduce healthier foods into their diets.
Lisa Harnack, a nutritional epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, compared 37 different plant-based products against ground beef in a study.
Most of the time, they were good sources of nutrients like fiber, folate, and iron, but they had more sodium.
High-processed meals include a lot of preservatives. These chemicals don't create food-safety concerns, but they show vegetarian burgers aren't 100% plant-based.
In the end, you should only consume organic, devoid of toxins and genetically modified ingredients, small, irregular portions of artificial meat products.