July 29, 2012

Extruded Vegetable Proteins

1 Beyond Meat: Latest Fake Chicken Offering

Although most people don't know this, the term "vegetarian" does not refer to someone who eats vegetables (that would be a "produceatarian"). A vegetarian is defined as someone who primarily eats pasta and fake meat. And there's a brand new fake meat for vegetarians coming out that is getting raves from early tasters: fake chicken strips from Beyond Meat. According to Slate's Farhad Manjoo (a vegetarian manqué), the new faux chicken "initially resists and then yields to your chew, leaving a faint fatty residue on your palate," just like real chicken. (Manjoo reports that the only giveaway is that, because the fake chicken breaks apart in your mouth easier than real chicken, you don't get bits stuck in your teeth.) The fake chicken even fooled New York Times food writer Mark Bittman.

More at Slate | Posted 5 years ago by James Anderson

Previously: Tofu, Fake Meats Recalled, Is Bill Clinton a Vegan or a Pastatarian?

Tags: Vegan, Vegetarian, Beyond Meat, Fake Meat, Faux Meat, Fake Chicken

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USDA Grilled by Cattlemen

2 Beef Industry Has a Cow over Meatless Monday

A USDA internal memo suggesting that department staff consider going meatless on Mondays triggered a firestorm of criticism from the beef industry. "The production of meat, especially beef (and dairy as well), has a large environmental impact," says the memo, in part. A spokesman for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association called the memo "an animal rights extremist campaign to ultimately end meat consumption." Texas agricultural commissioner Todd Staples demanded that the "treasonous" memo writer be fired. Author and nutirionist Marion Nestle's first reaction on hearing of the memo was, "It’s pretty unbelievable that USDA would support Meatless Monday." The final upshot of all this was that the USDA tweeted that the memo had been released without proper clearance and has been removed.

More at The Los Angeles Times | Hat tip to Food Politics | Posted 5 years ago by James Anderson

Previously: Sodexo Offers Meatless Monday in Many US Hospitals, NYC Schools Launch Meatless Monday

Tags: Meatless Monday, USDA

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