If you’re a vegetarian who feels left out at your family’s summer barbecue, you’re not alone. There are more vegetarians and vegans than ever before and they’re craving plant-based diets this grilling season. Even non-vegans are eating vegan foods: nearly 33% of Americans eat vegan options even if they don’t identify as vegans.
Veggie burgers and burgers made from meat substitutes are a healthy alternative to the calorie-laden burgers America knows and loves. And there are plenty of benefits of choosing a beef substitute!
They contain a lot of fiber and protein
A soy vegan beef burger usually contains about 10 grams of protein per burger. They also contain about 17% of your daily fiber intake, a source of nutrition necessary in aiding digestive health and well-being. These two nutrients are key to fighting diseases like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
They contain practically no preservatives
Many beef burgers still contain preservatives necessary to extend their shelf life. This is a common practice in processed foods and burgers are no exception. However, vegan friendly meat products contain little to no preservatives, making it a healthy alternative that staves back brain cancer and forms of leukemia.
They’re low-fat and low-cal
Whether or not you’re on a diet, everyone can enjoy the benefits associated with a lean, but filling meal. Plant based beef products rely on, well, plants. Because plants are made of mostly water and contain tons of nutrients, you’re getting a lot of nutrition for a fraction of the calories and fat you’d find in a normal beef patty.
You’re promoting sustainability initiatives
One of the biggest sources of global warming and pollution comes from our agricultural industry, specifically raising cattle. Millions of dollars are sunk each year into an unsustainable form of agriculture that causes detrimental consequences to our environment and local ecosystems. By choosing plant based beef products over actual beef products, you’re helping reduce the agricultural industry’s carbon footprint and contributing to a more sustainable lifestyle.
It’s obvious that choosing a plant based beef substitute will benefit any backyard barbecue. The next time you get flack for being a vegetarian at a barbecue, include some of these facts when you’re helping to promote a healthier future.