05 December 2012

'Beyond Meat' is a step beyond other meat substitutes

Beyond Meat, a new faux-chicken product, claims to be "the first plant protein that looks, feels, tastes, and acts like meat." Does it live up to its promise?

Our family tested the product in Whole Foods Market's "General Tso's Beyond Meat." Here's how it stacks up:

Looks: A+
This was such a convincing chicken strip, my child looked confused when his vegan mom asked him to taste it.

Feels: A- 
The "bite" is really close, much closer than any other faux-meat product. There's only the faintest hint of the rubber-like quality of soy.

Tastes: A
My omnivorous husband and children all declared it "good," which is high praise from individuals typically very critical of faux-meats. More tellingly, they all agreed they would eat it again.

Acts: A+
This is the truly amazing part about Beyond Meat- it shreds and tears like chicken. By capturing this unique quality, Beyond Meat really gives the impression of eating chicken - minus the cruelty.

Currently only available in selected cities, predominantly through Whole Foods Market's prepared foods, Beyond Meat may not be in your neighborhood yet. But once it is, introducing your friends and family to this product may help them move beyond meat.

Kasey Minnis | Facebook | @veggiemightee | Blog
Fort Lauderdale, FL That rare and elusive species known as the native Floridian, Kasey is passionate about protecting other endangered creatures. She lives by the principle “compassion and crochet for all,” and enjoys teaching others – including her husband of 20 years and two beautiful children – the benefits of cruelty-free eating by feeding them tasty vegan treats from her kitchen. Contact Kasey at kasey@thisdishisveg.com.

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