Evidence-Based Nutrient Recommendations

Study Reports Nutrient Profile of Plant-Based Burgers

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by Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

A recent study compared three plant-based burgers available in the European Union (Beyond Burger, Incredible Burger, and Planty-of-Burger) to 85% beef burgers.

The main ingredients for the plant-based burgers include:

  • Beyond Burger: pea protein isolate, canola oil, coconut oil
  • Incredible Burger: soy protein, canola oil, coconut oil, wheat gluten
  • Planty-of-Bburger: sunflower and pea protein concentrate, coconut oil, sunflower oil

All of the burgers contained beets for red color and resembled beef (as opposed to the traditional, more whole-foods-based patties).

Protein, sodium, and total and saturated fat content were similar between plant-based and cow-based burgers; alpha linolenic acid (ALA), omega-6 to omega-3 ratios, and medium chain triglycerides were also statistically similar. Plant-based burgers contained less cholesterol, trans fat, and zinc; more fiber, carbohydrate, and polyunsaturated fat (particularly omega-6 fatty acids); and twice as much iron.

A free version of the paper is available at the link from the citation below.

De Marchi M, Costa A, Pozza M, Goi A, Manuelian CL. Detailed characterization of plant-based burgers. Sci Rep. 2021 Jan 21;11(1):2049.

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