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Katie Couric Spills the Beans on Impossible Burger

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Impossible Foods company produces the Impossible Burger, with promises impossible to keep, including that their product is a vegetable-based, healthy alternative to beef and that it’s safer for the environment
  • Impossible fake meat is different from a vegetarian-based food product as it is highly processed with soy protein concentrate, coconut and sunflower oils and 16 additional ingredients that are not real food
  • Impossible uses genetically engineered yeast to produce "heme" used for the "blood" in the burger. The research provided by the company to the FDA was inadequate, could not establish safety and did not assess allergic potential
  • Fake meat companies claim the product is sustainable and has less impact on the environment, yet the life cycle assessment company Quantis found regeneratively farmed beef produces negative emissions compared to CAFOs and soy-based fake meat

If you miss the taste of meat, Impossible Foods invites you to meet their definition of “meat” — their designer burgers made from genetically modified soy containing 110 times more glyphosate (herbicide) than is needed to damage gut bacteria. While you may be tempted to try this newest food fad, don’t believe the hype.

Industrial agricultural practices are among the most unsustainable of modern civilization, but the answer is not to replace farm raised food with those developed in a chemistry lab. Meat substitutes often eat up other resources, including water and fossil fuels.

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