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Don’t be bamboozled by this “healthy” alternative

 

You’ve probably heard me say this 1,000 times, but I’m going to make it 1,001 times: 

The farther you venture away from Nature with what you eat, the less nutritious (and more harmful) it is to your body. 

This is especially true when it comes to a current “fake food” craze that is growing in popularity… 

The Impossible Burger! 

Here’s what the Impossible Burger is really all about, and why you shouldn’t get fooled by all the “healthy” and “environmentally conscious” claims. 

What is this mess? 

The Impossible Burger is praised as a plant-based alternative to traditional beef burgers that allegedly replicates the flavor, texture and aroma of beef.  

According to the package label, the ingredients in this fake meat include: Water, Soy Protein Concentrate, Sunflower Oil, Coconut Oil, Natural Flavors, Methylcellulose, Cultured Dextrose, Food Starch Modified, Yeast Extract, Soy Leghemoglobin, Salt, Mixed Tocopherols, L-tryptophan, and Soy Protein Isolate. 

It also includes these added nutrients:  Zinc Gluconate, Niacin, Thiamine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), and Vitamin B12. 

The Impossible Burger was originally created as a more environmentally friendly alternative to beef from livestock raised in the “mass production factory farms” otherwise known as concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).  

Cows raised in CAFOs consume about 30 pounds of corn and soy for every pound of meat produced, and all that corn and soy requires LOTS of harmful herbicides to be sprayed. 

Plus the animals are maintained in very inhumane conditions, their wastes contaminate surrounding air and water supplies, and they are given large quantities of antibiotics which contributes to widespread antibiotic resistance. 

So the manufacturers contend that the Impossible Burger is gentler to the environment.  And it’s gluten-free and nutritious too!  Just look at those wonderful added nutrients and all that soy protein! 

Sounds good, right?   

Not so fast. 

Now let’s look at… 

What they DON’T tell you 

First of all, the Impossible Burger is made with soy leghemoglobin manufactured from genetically engineered yeast—that’s what provides the fake blood-like ooze when you cut into one of these burgers.     

Although we are assured that this “Frankenstein soy blood” is OK to eat, there are no long-term data proving its safety in humans. 

But here’s a telling fact--tests performed on rats that were fed this garbage for a month showed alterations in the animals’ blood chemistry, but the manufacturer did not follow up on those results.   

Of course not.  That would hurt profits. 

The FDA has classified Impossible Burgers as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS), but not based on any independent testing of their own.  Plus remember the FDA also assured the public of the “safety” of EVERY SINGLE DRUG that has been subsequently pulled off the market for hurting or killing people. 

And if that’s not enough, the Impossible Burger has nearly the same amount of total fat and calories as (real) beef burgers, plus it has processed sodium added—which makes it LESS healthy than something you’d get from a cow. 

But what about the environment? 

Even the honorable spin on “saving the environment” has gaping holes.   

While it may be true that the cow food used in CAFOs requires heavy herbicide use which is harmful to the environment, and the wastes contaminate air and water supplies, that’s not true of grass-fed beef. 

So, if the environment is truly the concern, why aren’t these companies trying to find ways to increase the number of farms that practice grass-fed cattle ranching? 

Let’s get back to Nature! 

Your body was designed to eat REAL foods--fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, eggs, good fats (like butter, coconut oil and olive oil) and meats, poultry and fish. That's what your body depends on for nourishment, sound digestion and elimination of waste. 

The easiest way to accomplish this life-saving goal is to do the majority of your grocery shopping in the outer perimeter of the store—where the real foods are located. 

Also, patronize local farmers, regional markets and Community Supported Agriculture programs.   

Get to know who produces food around your area—this will increase your chances of doing business with farmers who allow their cattle and chickens to graze like they should, and who resist using dangerous pesticides and herbicides.  

And if you do buy the occasional processed food (such as chips, crackers or cereal), strive to buy organic to help minimize the harmful ingredients. 

Help your body recover too! 

If you've been a processed food lover for a while, chances are excellent your gut microbiome might not be as healthy as it should. 

Processed foods (especially refined carbs) become nourishment for the harmful bacteria and yeasts in the intestinal tract, so they can thrive and overcome your beneficial bacteria.   

Not only can this worsen gas, bloating and constipation, but your immune system can be greatly hampered too (since 80 percent of your immune cells reside in your gut). 

In addition to a healthy diet of real foods which nourishes your gut, probiotic supplementation can help you achieve this important goal—and Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula is the way to go. 

Super Shield's full-spectrum blend of 13 strains of potent, effective friendly bacteria are up to the task--ready to line your intestinal walls, repopulate your supply of helpful bacteria, keep yeasts and harmful bacteria in check, encourage regular BMs and support your immune system! 

Stay away from “fake foods,” feed your body the delicious REAL foods it is meant to have, and help it recover from past “processed food abuse” and I’m sure it will thank you handsomely for years to come! 

To your health, 

Sherry Brescia

 

The information in our articles are NOT intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and are not intended as medical advice.


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3 comments


  • Ms. Brescia,
    You seem to be ignorant to the fact that we are not carnivores. As a result,animal fat sits in our gut for such a long period of time before becoming waste, that it release free radicals, which can become cancer cells.
    Are you aware that meat eaters have a higher risk of colon cancer, as a result?
    I rarely eat fake anything, however to suggest that ANY type of dead animal flesh is healthy is just being uninformed.
    Eating animals is not sustainable, as you should really investigate. A plant based diet is not only much better for the environment, it is much better for one’s health.
    Please update yourself on plant based diets, before you hop on the misinformed bandwagon of eating animals.
    You might also contact your moral conscience, as well. Animals were not put on this earth to slaughter and eat.

    Judith Clark on

  • Keep telling us Sherry, we are like most kids, controlled by habits, may the Lord help us to get back to nature and grow our on foods as much as possible.

    Glenn on

  • You’re right about these artificial foods and sticking to real foods wherever possible but please check out the book ‘Vegan Propaganda’ by Ed Winters for some facts on ‘Family farms’ and the history of the dairy industry (putting aside the environment and animal cruelty), we most certainly are not supposed to be drinking the milk of another species.

    Damian Riley on

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