Plant-based protein sources are getting all the love these days. However, the data show that animal proteins still dominate. A 2018 study by The NPD Group showed 14% of U.S. consumers regularly use plant-based proteins in their diets, which means 86% evidently rely primarily on animal proteins instead. The bottom line is that animal proteins provide a variety of functional benefits for commercial food processors, not to mention nutritional and economic benefits. Plant-based hamburgers are in the headlines, but real meat still has the upper hand in many applications. For simplicity, it can’t be beat – one ingredient versus 21 ingredients in an Impossible Burger. Beef also contains a wide variety of nutrients that are needed for good health. These include carnosine, an amino acid that reduces the harm of a process called glycation, which is related to aging diseases; numerous minerals, such as iron, potassium and selenium; and a range of B vitamins.
Lightbulb Moment: You have to decide, as a meat eater (because it isn’t vegetarians eating these faux meats) are your clients in Camp “I want to eat simply” or Camp “I want to avoid meat and I don’t care about the complex ingredient dec or processing”.
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