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Do U.S. fast-food customers want plant-based meat?

WHAT THEY REALLY PUT IN 34-INGREDIENT “PLANT-BASED CHICKEN”

Water, Enriched Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Wheat Gluten, Pea Protein*, Modified Corn Starch, 2% or less of Potato Starch, Natural Flavors, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Methylcellulose, Salt, Rice Flour, Cellulose Fiber, Coconut Oil, Onion Powder, Yeast Extract, Oat Bran, Spices, Dried Garlic, Oat Fiber, Dried Yeast, Paprika, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Potassium Salt, Dried Onion, Dextrose, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Baking Soda), Citric Acid. 

Contains: Wheat

May Contain: Soy

source: beyondmeat.com

Lab-Grown Fake Chicken: Gross, Dangerous Or Both?

Nothing about lab-grown, heavy metal and rodent DNA contaminated food sounds appealing.

By Rose Boghos, Energy Matters LLC

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OPINION 

When you think of healthy, wholesome foods that nourish your body and support wellness, does your vision include foods grown in petri-dishes? There are two companies who are allowed to market cultured fake meats in the United States.

One of which, Upside, is working feverishly to upscale its production. That means we could see a flood of lab-grown meats in the near future. A closer inspection shows several reasons why consumers should beware.

Upside has been battling multiple contamination issues, each one equally concerning. To start, their fake chicken line has struggled with contamination of rodent DNA. That alone would put the typical consumer off from trying the product.

Nonetheless, some of Upside’s samples were also found to contain heavy metals. Compared to conventional ground chicken, their lab-grown cultured chicken contained twenty times as much lead.

Note that lead exposure has been linked to nervous system disorders, immune suppression, kidney damage, abdominal pain, gum disease, anemia, osteoporosis, hypertension, and reproductive problems.

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Nothing about lab-grown, heavy metal and rodent DNA contaminated food sounds appealing. But even if these issues were solved, the product would still be surrounded by misconceptions.

First, fake meat is typically marketed toward vegetarians and those who prefer a plant-based diet. However, cultured meat is not vegan-friendly. It is grown using animal components … READ MORE. 

OUR VIEW: The correct meaning of plant-based chicken is poultry that has been fed a vegetarian diet. The so-called “plant-based chicken” referenced in this article should be sold as imitation chicken, chicken substitute, or simply fake chicken. – HEADLINE HEALTH 

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