Fake Meat Could Pose Big Health Risks

“Beyond Meat Beast Burger”

“These are still packaged, processed foods.”

Promoters seek “the end of traditional cattle farming within decades.”

ABC News, Australia – Plant-based fake meat has become a lucrative market in recent years, with one vegan burger raising $US240 million when it debuted to the US market in May.

The researchers found the number of meat substitute products on Australian supermarket shelves almost tripled in the past decade.

“We know that Australians are leaning towards eating more of a plant-based diet,” Ms. Farrand said.

“However, these are still packaged, processed foods.”

The scientist who served up the world’s first laboratory-grown beef burger says it could spell the end of traditional cattle farming within decades.

The study found some popular items sold in Australia supermarkets are laden with added salt, with 100 grams of meat-free bacon containing about 2g of salt — a third of a day’s recommended intake.

“Our research found that meat-free bacon has the highest average salt content followed surprisingly by falafels and meat-free sausages,” Ms. Farrand said.

One vegan pie brand contained half the daily recommended salt intake.

The Heart Foundation is launching the study in conjunction with VicHealth on Wednesday.

The foundation’s chief executive Kellie-Ann Jolly said eating too much salt is linked to high blood pressure, which now affects more than six million Australians.

Plant-based options ‘appear healthier’ but often aren’t

Ms. Farrand said the study’s results were particularly problematic because often meat-free foods come with marketing about them being plant-based, gluten-free or vegan.

“Many of these products do appear to be healthier largely because of the marketing around the products themselves,” she said … ”

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