Continuing on with the plant based options this week, we are looking at Beyond Burger. I was writing a paper for a nutrition class discussing emerging plant based applications in food products and it got me curious about the health benefits or lack thereof in some of these products. Beyond Burgers are a meat alternative patty that are plant based and conveniently look and cook like animal meat.
Food Coach Rating & Health Benefits for Beyond Burger:
Beyond Burger patties are a yellow dot food in our food coach system. Overall they have a healthy balance. Some of these qualities that contribute to this yellow dot rating are listed below.
- Moderate in calories per serving
- Healthy balance of fat, sodium, total carbs & added sugars
- Contain zero trans fat.
- Great source of fiber per serving
- Great source of Vitamin D
- Healthy balance of food additives
- No artificial flavor or color
More on Beyond Burgers Health Pros & Cons:
With anything when we substitute or add alternatives to compensate for certain flavors or textures this can alter not only those flavor and texture complexes but the nutritional value as well. Here are a few things to be aware of when consuming Beyond Burgers. This food seems a little high in protein for its calorie level. Protein is essential to health, but recommended dietary allowance for protein is very modest, at about 10-35% of total calories. Food Coach recommends about 4- 9 grams of protein per 100-125 calories on a general healthy diet. Spread your proteins throughout the day.
Vitamins & minerals in Beyond Burgers
This food is not a significant source of calcium, iron or potassium. Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body and obtained mostly from dairy products, however it is often fortified in foods as well. Beyond Burger does not contain a sufficient amount of calcium so, it is recommended to get your calcium from other sources for a balanced diet. In addition, Iron is a common mineral that is found in red meats, but these Beyond Burgers, although, mimicking red meat are not a good source of iron. No single food can supply all the nutrients that your body needs. So, make sure you eat the recommended servings from each food group of MyPlate
Hidden Ingredients in Beyond Burgers
It is also important to note that many products similar to Beyond Burgers can have hidden ingredients to make up for taste and texture. Beyond Burgers have ingredients such as methylcellulose and canola oil. Canola oil is a vegetable oil and has its benefits and risks, but it is something that you won’t find in a traditional animal meat. Methylcellulose is not a naturally occurring addictive and is found in Beyond Burgers. Overall it is important to be mindful of the ingredients we are consuming.
Dietitian Nutritionist Recommendations:
This food may be incorporated into your diet but should be consumed with caution to be in balance with your daily caloric and nutrients need. No one food is perfect so you need to include foods from all food groups on a general healthy diet (whole grains, whole fruits, vegetables, lean meats, eggs, fish, beans, legumes, lentils and low fat dairy) with minimally added sugar, fat, salt and other food additives. Purchase our Medical Nutrition Therapy for the nutrition plan that is right for you! Use this coupon ( MNT20 ) to receive 20% off the services.
Credits & Attributions
Blog content created, and posted by Mackenzie Merriman, Dietetic Student Intern is reviewed and approved by Shraddha Chaubey, MS, RDN, CDN/LDN