Turning to plant-based meat for your health? Check that label first

John McDevitt
November 06, 2019 - 12:24 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Plant-based alternative meat products are more popular than ever. But are they healthy? Like anything, you need to what's in the patty besides the plants.

"Some of them have over 20 texture ingredients, and they are basically fillers, sugars, salt," said Christine Hazewski, of Eating for Life Nutrition Counseling Services in Philadelphia. "Plus some of them have refined coconut oil in them, and coconut oil is a saturated fat as well. Potassium chloride. Vinegar."

Hazewski is a registered dietitian and a licenced nutritionist.

"My take is: You can't pronounce it, it's probably not best to eat it," she said. "Or if your grandmother didn't eat it, then you shouldn't eat it either."

She suggests not eating overprocessed foods. Further, she says, if you want to make your own burgers, black bean burgers are an option. And for meateaters, she suggests looking for low-fat options like free-range beef, bison or venison.