A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing? Is it possible that recent Plant Based Options may be just that. That Plant Based Options just may not be much of a healthier alternative for us compared to eating good old American Beef?
Asked about Burger King’s Impossible Whopper, Sharon Zarabi, R.D. had this to say to Helthline apoppular internet publication.
“Health-wise I don’t think it makes much of a difference,” Sharon Zarabi RD, director of the Bariatric Program at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, told Healthline.
“I wouldn’t define it as healthier, I would define it more as ethical,” she said.
The Impossible Whopper comes in at 630 calories (again, half from fat), 34 grams of fat, and 25 grams of protein. One thing that is notable is that The Impossible Whopper does have significantly lower cholesterol — 10 milligrams compared to 90 milligrams — but has more sodium at 1,240 milligrams compared to 980 milligrams.
“What contributes to obesity is your calorie intake and obviously the quality of your calories, so when you’re still getting the fries and the bun and the soda, unfortunately having an Impossible burger is not going to wipe out the calories from the other foods,” said Zarabi.
BUT Burger King is not alone. At at White Castle, the Impossible slider actually contains more calories than a traditional Beef slider. Its nutrition information is more aligned with what you’d find in a double Beef slider.
“It’s a step in the right direction as more and more studies indicate the potential harms of consuming excess red meat,” Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD, a licensed registered dietitian who is manager of wellness nutrition services at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute told Healthline.
Moving toward being Vegan and to a more plant based diet makes total sense BUT beware of Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing. Do your research and find out what is in those Plant Based Options and decide if their something that’s going to be a better choice for you.
Until next time, stay well and Happy, Healthy Eating !