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#1 Old 10-09-2014, 04:41 PM
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A Start-up Has Invented Veggie Burgers That ‘Bleed’



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A biochemist named Patrick Brown has come up with yet another alternative strategy to produce entirely meatless hamburgers that look and taste very much like meat. That's one above, looking sufficiently burgerlike; it's even got that pristine medium-rare thing going on. Patties now being made by Brown's Impossible Foods are suffused with something called heme, it turns out, a molecule that comes from the roots of nitrogen-fixing plants but has the iron-tinged character of hemoglobin. "I remember this is what it felt like to get punched in the face," Brown tells the Wall Street Journal, relating the instant he realized that the vegan substance could be used to simulate the role most traditionally played by blood in a bloody rare hamburger. Now Impossible Foods has $75 million in venture capital, including cash from Bill Gates and Google Ventures.
Read the rest here: http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/10/impossible-foods.html

WTF?! Would you eat this?

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Disgusting but hey - if that's what someone needs to go veggie, I'm OK with it.
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Oh, hell no!
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Why is rare burger even a thing? Isn't that really dangerous? I understand the veggie version wouldn't be but yech
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I don't have a problem with it looking like meat. I do have a problem with what's in veggie burgers that are meant to look and taste like meat, so it's for that reason I wouldn't eat it.
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That's so ****ing gross.
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I did like burgers rare before I mentally connected them with dead animals that shouldn't have ever been bred to be killed.
I'm not only disgusted by this, but doubting that anyone would want that if they're veg'n for ethical reason. If they're eating veg'n for health, could these be healthy?

Don't beets "bleed" enough?

I couldn't even eat seiten for a couple of years after going veg. That was too close. Still can't touch Beyond Meat (chicken, I kinda liked the spicy ground stuff on Mexican pizza!)
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Here's a start up I'm more interested in that a commentor linked:

http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/10/am...r-chicago.html
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As a vegetarian I am personally uninterested in eating anything that remotely resembles meat..
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Fascinating, I had no idea hemoglobins are found in the root nodules of leguminous plants. I always assumed the red stuff I've seen in them was something more... planty. I'd expect the betanins (from beets, et al.) to be healthier tho, I wonder if pH was a problem or if theyre really just after the 'almost blood' factor.

I can see the usefulness of this product for people with heart disease or diabetes who are being encouraged to switch to vegan. I wouldnt eat it tho, its junk food.

At least the burger doesnt scream when you bite it.
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I never tried any rare cooked meat so I'm not really jumping at the chance to eat it, but if it's vegan and someone put it infront of me then why not.

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I miss this place. I scroll down and see people disgusted at simulated meat because they're used to not eating it and I agree!
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Brilliant! not the product, the discussion.

I agree with most in not liking the look of it myself it doesn't need to look like a carcass for me to want to eat it quite the opposite.

But hey, if it helps people follow the path towards enlightenment then I am all for it being out there.


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It sounds interesting. I don't crave hamburgers at all, but I would try it.

The heme sounds interesting -- I wonder if it can be absorbed as a source of iron? Heme iron is generally better absorbed than non-heme iron, so it sounds promising as a potential fix for iron deficiency in vegetarians and vegans.
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It sounds interesting. I don't crave hamburgers at all, but I would try it.

The heme sounds interesting -- I wonder if it can be absorbed as a source of iron? Heme iron is generally better absorbed than non-heme iron, so it sounds promising as a potential fix for iron deficiency in vegetarians and vegans.
That is a great point! I'd like to know more about that too.

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I've been a vegetarian for almost 10 years, I don't need bloody food. I would always order my meat well done as an omni.



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I like seeing chunks of black beans, sweet potato, carrot, etc in my burger. It reminds me of what I'm actually eating. I don't need any mysteries.
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The question for me, is this healthy? It is vegan but is there nutritional value. I always try to eat the least processed food with the most nutrition. Although this was made without slaughtering an animal so that is a big plus. Not to sound too over the top but in the long run it is also important to know its carbon footprint.
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#20 Old 11-06-2014, 07:23 AM
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This makes me cringe to think about eating, but as mentioned above, if it helps someone transition to veganism then it is great. I'm not a fan of processed fake meats now, but during my first months as a vegan, I certainly enjoyed Field Roast sausages among a few other faux meat products. They were helpful at a time when coming up with creative vegan meals was a challenge.
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I like seeing chunks of black beans, sweet potato, carrot, etc in my burger. It reminds me of what I'm actually eating. I don't need any mysteries.
Amen brother. I like my veggie burger to look and taste like veggies.

I wouldn't touch that revolting vampire patty with a ten foot pole!
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#22 Old 11-07-2014, 07:39 PM
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Makes veganism look bad. Those companies should be ashamed of themselves for making those products.
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#23 Old 11-07-2014, 08:34 PM
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How is it any worse than this "bloody" burger? http://www.theppk.com/2012/02/quarte...r-beet-burger/
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I remember I did prefer my burgers rare when I was omni. I'm happy with the veggieburgers on the market now, though- I think they taste just as good as I remember meat burgers tasting. (Still not gonna take a bite of a meat burger just to do a real taste test.)

Going by the above posts, I think my response belongs in the "Unpopular Opinions" thread. I admit the bloody appearance is gross, but a juicy veggieburger might be a useful aid for an aspiring veg who's having stubborn meat cravings. Just so long as this burger is healthy and cruelty-free, why not?

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