Beyond Meat vs Real Meat

Beyond Meat has seen an increase in popularity over the past few years due to increased  awareness of the environmental damage caused by producing meat. The question still remains – is Beyond Meat better than real meat?

What’s the difference between Beyond Meat and real meat? The main difference between Beyond Meat and real meat is that Beyond Meat is made from plants. Beyond Meat is made from plants. It’s designed to look, feel, and taste like meat, but it doesn’t come from animals. Beyond Meat doesn’t have cholesterol and saturated fat, which are two things that can be harmful to your health. Beyond Meat is also a good source of fiber and protein, which are two nutrients that are important for a healthy diet.

But it’s also important to know that Beyond Meat is a processed food. That means it’s not as healthy as eating unprocessed plant foods like fruits and vegetables.

This article will focus on measurable differences between the two such as nutritional value, price, and additives to show why Beyond Meat is better than real meat. 

Nutritional Value 

First, we will compare the nutritional value of a 100 gram Beyond Meat burger patty to the nutritional value of a 100 gram beef (80/20) burger patty.

100g Beef Burger Patty (Source: Beyond Meat)100g Beyond Meat Patty
Protein17.1 g18 g
Total Fat20 g12.4 g
Total Carbohydrates0 g6.3 g
Saturated Fat7.7 g4.5 g
Fiber0 g1.8 g
Iron1.94 mg3.6 mg
Vitamin B122.7 mcg2.2 mcg

The differences in nutritional value between Beyond Meat patties and beef burgers is not particularly large. Some of the differences worth mentioning include the following:

  • Beyond Meat patties have about 40% less total fats than beef burgers.
  • Beyond Meat patties have carbs and fiber while real meat contains no carbs.
  • Beyond Meat burgers have nearly double the iron as real meat burgers.

Price Comparison 

The price difference between Beyond Meat and real meat has fallen drastically over the past few years. Unfortunately, Beyond Meat still costs a little more than a premade beef patty when purchased at the grocery store. 

It costs about $6.00 for two 113g Beyond Meat patties while a six-pack of 153g Bubba Burgers costs about $15. 

That’s $2.50 per Bubba Burger and $3.00 per Beyond Meat burger. The Bubba Burgers are also bigger, which makes them even cheaper on a per gram basis. 

Restaurants tend to price beef burgers and Beyond Meat burgers at the same price. This, combined with the fact the price has already fallen so much, gives us hope that the price of Beyond Meat patties will equal that of real meat one day.  

Environmental Impact

The environmental impact of the food we eat is also something to consider. Beyond Meat wins when it comes to the environmental impact of producing it. The best way to measure environmental impact is by looking at the greenhouse gasses emitted per kilogram of food produced. 

Producing one kilo of beef emits a little over 99 kilograms of greenhouse gasses (Source: Statista). Beyond Meat is made of peas, rice, water, and an assortment of artificial flavors. The greenhouse gasses used to produce one kilogram of peas is 0.98 kilograms. Rice is a little higher at 4.45 kilograms per kilogram of rice produced. 

Anyway, it’s unlikely that Beyond Meat uses multiple kilograms of peas or rice in their burgers, which makes them the most environmentally friendly burger you can purchase. 

Is Beyond Meat or Real Meat Better for You?

Beyond Meat contains no antibiotics or growth hormones. Meat purchased at the grocery store will be from animals pumped full of antibiotics and growth hormones. 

It’s generally accepted that eating meat from animals that have been given antibiotics and growth hormones is not healthy. 

This fact alone makes Beyond Meat healthier than real meat. Other than that, Beyond Meat is about the same as real meat from a health perspective.

Final Thoughts

To summarize, Beyond Meat burger patties have a similar nutritional value as real beef burgers. However, the significantly smaller carbon footprint required to produce Beyond Meat compared to beef makes it excellent if you are environmentally conscious. 

The only downside with Beyond Meat is that the burger patties cost slightly more than beef patties.