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The Dangers of Eating Fake Meat

October 11, 2019 by

While fake meat might seem like a healthy alternative to natural meat, this ultraprocessed product is filled with genetically engineered ingredients that are contaminated with pesticides—even though they are designed to look like real meat.

Companies claim these products are healthier for you and the environment than regular meat, and they have made these foods so realistic that they have engineered fake blood to add to their meat substitute products.

And, while manufacturers want you to believe that their products are healthier than organic, this is not true, and is actually leading to rising rates of heart disease, obesity, and mortality.

While you probably think of processed foods as being in the junk food area of the grocery store, any food that includes fake meat is still ultra processed, and therefore harmful to your health.

These foods include oils, sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats, but they also contain chemicals and substances that are not typically used in the preparation of food, such as hydrolyzed protein, altered starches, and hydrogenated oils. Additives are also used to create a flavor and texture for consumers to enjoy and believe tastes similar to a real meat product, however, these artificial fillers are harmful and can lead to chronic diseases.

However, it is important to not be fooled by the claims of a product being “healthy” or “natural” when you are deciding what to buy from the grocery store. However, many consumers are swayed by these advertisements.

“Plant-based” meat alternatives are very processed and contain chemicals that are made by taking protein out of soy and other processed foods. So while it may start with a plant-based ingredient, there are an abundance of highly processed ingredients in these foods as well. If you want to be healthy by eating plants, it is best to eat plants whole so their nutrients and fiber is included.

Also, plant-based meat that is sold as being imitation meat actually contains the same number of calories and fat as real meat. However, the imitation products have more processed sodium, making them even less healthy than the real thing. This means that eating fake meat is not more beneficial for your health than eating regular meat.

While fake meat manufacturers claim that their products are better for the environment than eating real meat, the truth is, fake meat uses their labs to increase their profits instead of supporting environmentally friendly food production.

Furthermore, when it comes to the fake blood that is added to fake meat products, this compound adds the bloody appearance of a real beef patty. However, looking at test results after giving this product to rats for a month to see if there was a possibility for toxicity, researchers found that the rats had changes in their blood chemistry. While there is no long-term data showing the impacts of eating this fake blood, the process of making this product is very bad for the environment.

However, 94% of the soybean crops that are used to make the fake blood that goes in fake meat, is genetically altered. This means that the amount of GMOs in these products is very high.

Marketing tactics are used to try to convince consumers that eating these products i better for your health than eating real meat. However, similar to the sugar and tobacco industry, these claims are made with the purpose of creating a profit. This is similar to other products that come out and are very popular among consumers before studies are published regarding their dangers.

One claim that is made by the fake meat industry is that their “food” are sustainable and producing it leaves a smaller carbon footprint as traditional beef productions. The waste that is produced during production is damaging to the air and water around the facilities, which contributes to the overall antibiotic resistance in our society.

To make fake meat, producers have to extract stem cells and alter the ratios of protein in the product. Finally, they direct the cell growth. While companies think that this controlled production environment could reduce the risk of bacterial contamination, however, bacterial contamination can happen in lab environments and antibodies are often needed to reduce bacterial growth in the cell products that are made by drug companies.

Rather than eating fake meat, choose grass fed meat, which is better for the environment and for your health. Fake food has contributed to the number of people who are developing chronic health conditions that are related to diet, like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.

Look for local, organic meat at your grocery store or get your meat directly from a farmer. This will ensure you are eating a high-quality product that is sustainable and environmentally friendly.

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