Some environmentalists claim it’ll save the planet. Some vegans believe it’ll help end animal cruelty. Some people think it’s healthier than meat. I’m referring to a recent addition to the Canadian food industry, a product marketed as “plant-based meat.” Is this meat alternative really a healthy source of protein, or just an over-hyped Frankenburger?
Television and radio advertisements for A&W and Tim Hortons recently caught my attention. I was intrigued by A&W’s “Beyond Meat Burger,” as well as both chains’ plant-based ‘sausage’ patties.
Red meat consumption is associated with increased risk of some cancers and other chronic diseases. Eating less red meat in favour of alternative proteins is recommended in the 2019 edition of “Canada’s Food Guide.” [Read more…]