Gout Diet: Are Impossible Burgers/Foods Impossible To Be Good For You?

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We seem to have found ourselves at yet another set of crossroads regarding conflicting ideas when it comes to lab-grown foods such as the Impossible Burger. It may be easy to assume ‘plant-based’ diets are healthy, but are they? We know that highly processed foods are unhealthy and unfortunately this new fad of plant-based foods are exactly that, highly processed.

It is quite impressive how these companies seem to have cracked the code on simulating meat from taste and texture down to full on characteristics including “bleeding”. Couple this with simultaneously saving animals and the environment, and it seems we have been given some serious food for thought. Or have we?

IMPOSSIBLE BURGER– THE INGREDIENTS:

  • Soy Protein Concentrate
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Natural Flavors
  • Potato Protein
  • Methylcellulose
  • Yeast Extract
  • Cultured Dextrose
  • Food Starch Modified
  • Soy Leghemoglobin
  • Coconut Oil
  • Soy Protein Isolate
  • Mixed Tocopherols
  • Zinc Gluconate
  • Thiamine Hydrochloride
  • Sodium Ascorbate
  • Niacin
  • Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
  • Riboflavin1

BEYOND BURGER– THE INGREDIENTS:

  • Pea Protein Isolate
  • Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil
  • Rice Protein
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Coconut Oil
  • Mung Bean Protein
  • Methylcellulose
  • Potato Starch
  • Potassium Chloride
  • Vinegar
  • Lemon Juice Concentrate
  • Sunflower Lecithin
  • Pomegranate Fruit Powder
  • Beet Juice Extract

Do not be fooled by some of the well-known healthy ingredients. Instead, focus on the inflammation promoting compounds such as soy protein concentrate, potato protein, soy leghemoglobin, etc. There is a serious dark side to soy, particularly unfermented soy products – dark enough to consider its inherent dangers to outweigh its benefits. Learn more about that:

Both of these burgers, Impossible & Beyond, have also been tested and found to contain glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide worldwide.

We also need to be careful with evaluating the contents such as calories, fat, and sodium compared to our conventional options. Sodium is actually higher, the fat content about the same…..and then there’s the cholesterol conundrum. While the plant-based options are significantly lower, it is important to understand:

1) Cholesterol in the blood and cholesterol levels in the foods are not related.

2) We need cholesterol! Learn more here

How many times are we going to fall victim to tricky labeling, diet fads, and “healthy foods” that steer us further and further from the original composition a food? Just look to our “low-fat” and “fake sugar” fads to give you a prime example of the unforeseen and inherent dangers involved in doing so.

At the end of the day, especially when it comes to suffering from Gout/Arthritis/Inflammation, the diet can be a big problem. As we’ve pointed out on this site several times, purines should NOT be the focus. Close to 70% of uric acid production stems from cellular death. Cells die at an alarming rate in the presence of unhealthy, unbalanced, acidic, and processed food and lifestyles. Whole foods, good food sources, and pH balanced meals are key from a diet perspective.

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