Typically, fake meat has no sex appeal. It also has very little eating appeal, especially to us non-vegans and non-vegetarians. Beyond Meat Veggie Chicken Strips are plant-based strips made from a laundry list of moderately-healthy sounding ingredients, like soy protein isolate, pea protein Isolate, Soy Fiber, Carrot Fiber, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, White Vinegar and a few other lab-jargon parts. They have 19 grams of protein per serving (moderately close to the 30 real chicken provides) without the fat, cholesterol, antibiotics and hormones that chicken brings to the table. They also have a much smaller carbon footprint compared to weeks of raising a mature chicken.
But the real question is: how do they taste? Well, according to NPR just like chicken — then again, apparently so does iguana. While that may not persuade true carnivores to trade in their knives just yet, if you don’t eat meat these strips do seem like a great alternative to the monotony of tofu. Adventurous eaters living in Northern California (the first market to get Beyond Meat) should keep an eye out in their local Whole Foods the next time they’re about to load up on real chicken legs, thighs and boobs. It could improve your fowl karma and your health.
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