The world of food science is getting stranger by the year and if there’s one trend that’s certainly been the centre of attention it’s meat-replacement.
How do we get our meaty fix, but with none of the downsides?
Well one company, Beyond Meat, believes it has the answer with this: The Beyond Burger.
It looks like a regular beef burger, right down to the red ‘blood’ juices and yet this is the world’s first plant-based burger.
It’s the culmination of around seven years of research into creating the ultimate ‘beef’ experience but with none of the downsides.
What gives the burger its ‘blood’ effect is in fact beetroot juice, allowing the team at Beyond Meat to create a patty that didn’t dry out easily when cooked and as a result give the classic juicy texture that defines a meat-based burger.
If that wasn’t enough this ‘smart burger’ has also been designed to be packed full of the essential nutrients that top athletes need including 20g of protein, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and more.
For now its creators are simply trialling a soft launch in Whole Foods shops around the US however the plan is to bring the burger across the pond to the UK and Europe as soon as possible.
This isn’t the first time that science has tried experiment with the burger format.
Back in 2013 a burger was made using stem cells, costing an eye-watering £250,000.
It was then cooked and presented to the world as a future alternative for the growing meat crisis which threatens to affect our planet.
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