Dr Oz: Plant-Based Burger By Beyond Meat
Dr Oz was discussing the plant-based burger that was sending shockwaves through the food community. The Beyond Meat Beyond Burger looks like a hamburger, cooks like a hamburger, and tastes like a hamburger. Yet some people were still skeptical. For that reason, Dr Oz brought in Ethan Brown, the creator of the Beyond Burger, to answer questions about his product.
Ethan first clarified that the Beyond Burger is not a veggie burger but instead it’s a meat burger made from vegetables. Ethan explained that they use the term “plant-based meat.” To make their product, they take all the core parts of meat and taking them directly from plants. Those parts are protein, fat, and water. They then assemble those “in the architecture” of meat or muscle and providing it to consumers in that form. Although the Beyond Burger may seem similar to a meat patty nutritionally, Ethan argued that his product is much healthier than a patty made from animal protein.
Dr Oz: How A Plant-Based Meat Patty Is Made
Ethan then walked through the ingredients used to make the patty. They start with peas and essentially turn them into a powder form, which is then separated to pull out the protein. The fats and fiber are run through a water-based process and the pH level of the water is adjusted to separate the protein from the fat, carbohydrates, and fiber. That protein is then heated, cooled, and pressured to “stitch the protein together” in a way that makes it similar to muscle.
For the “bleed” they added beets because of the color and moisture. For the fatty aspect, they use coconut and a canola oil. For flavor, they found plant-based properties that provide a similar flavor, and then combined it all to make a burger that’s unlike any other veggie burger you’ve had.
Dr Oz: Beyond Burger Plant-Based Meat Patty Taste Test
Dr Oz then tasted the Beyond Burger for the first time right there on the show. “I got to say, it’s good,” he said. “Like really good. And it tastes like meat. I’ve never tasted anything like this.”
Dr Oz then had members of the audience try the burger as well. The seemed to be in absolute awe that there was no meat in the patty they were eating. Dr Oz believes that eating more plant-based proteins is a good idea for everyone and applauded Ethan for taking steps in the right direction. He also encouraged viewers to eat more plant-based meals more often throughout the week.