How the Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger actually compare to traditional burgers - and each other
- The Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger are taking the food industry by storm - but many people are confused about how their nutritional information matches up.
- We compared the Impossible Burger and the Beyond Burger's nutritional information in addition to looking at how the burgers matched up against their beef-based counterparts.
- While the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger have fewer calories and less fat than products from some burger brands, the plant-based burgers actually have more sodium.
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The rise of meatless burgers are sparking some serious questions among customers.Impossible Foods' and Beyond Meat's plant-based burgers aren't actually healthier than the fast-food originals
We pulled the nutritional info for the Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger patties to see how the two popular plant-based burger brands compared to each other. We also included some popular beefy burger options: Burger King's patty and the original patty from frozen-burger brand Bubba Burger.
Here is how the burgers actually compare:
The Bubba Burger is a clear outlier among the burgers. (We bolded the highest figure in each nutritional category.) It has almost twice as much fat and calories as the other patties we analyzed.
However, when it comes to sodium, the plant-based burgers are packing in far more salt than their meat-based counterparts. The Beyond Burger has 380 mg of sodium, 16% of the total recommended daily limit.
Comparing the Beyond Burger and the Impossible Burger reveals extremely similar nutritional info. The Impossible Burger has slightly more fat, but in most ways, the two burgers are extremely similar - at least on paper.Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods are continuing to tweak their recipes. Earlier this year, Impossible Foods launched the Impossible Burger 2.0, designed to be substantially healthier (and tastier) than the original, with less fat and sodium.