Whole Foods CEO and co-founder John Mackey says he believes plant-based meat burgers are good for the planet, but not for our health. Pictured: Mackey speaks on a panel in Beverly Hills, California, May 2016
The CEO and co-founder of Whole Foods has vegetable & # 39; meat products & # 39; if too & # 39; highly processed & # 39; criticized.
John Mackey, who is a vegan, told it CNBC Make It that he believes that meatless hamburgers and chicken wings may be good for the planet, but believes that they are not good for your health.
& # 39; When you look at the ingredients, they are super processed foods & # 39 ;, he said.
& # 39; I don't think eating highly processed foods is healthy. I think people thrive on eating whole foods. Regarding health, I will not endorse that, and that is about one big & criticism I will make in public. & # 39;
Mackey is also the co-author of the book The Whole Foods Diet, which promotes eating a whole plant-based diet for a & # 39; long, healthy, disease-free life & # 39 ;.
One of the largest companies offering vegetable alternatives to meat, Beyond Meat, sold its first products – vegan chicken strips – in Whole Foods in 2013.
& # 39; We have launched Beyond Meat & # 39 ;, Mackey told CNBC Make It.
& # 39; We were their launch platform. I even think that all of their new products have been introduced at Whole Foods. & # 39;
In May 2016, the company released the & # 39; Beyond Burger & # 39; who became the first factoryhamburger-based foods are sold in the meat section of supermarkets, reported internationally BBC.
In 2011, the other largest player on the & # 39; vegan & # 39; meat market founded, Impossible Foods.
It launched its distinctive product, the Impossible Burger, in 2016.
Mackey said that the hamburgers from companies like Beyond Meat (above) contain ingredients that process & # 39; super strong & # 39; to be
Earlier this year, Burger King announced that a vegan version of its distinctive Whopper – using a vegetable patty from Impossible Foods – would be rolled out nationwide by the end of the year.
But Mackey told CNBC Make It that he is not a fan of the ingredients of the burgers.
& # 39; The (brands) that appeal to people's imagination – and I am not going to name these brands because I am afraid that I will be associated with the criticism of that, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; But some of these that are now extremely popular and conquering the world, when you look at the ingredients, they are super, highly processed foods. & # 39;
Contain Beyond Meat pasties 22 ingredients including pea protein isolate, expeller-pressed canola oil and refined coconut oil. Contain impossible burgers 21 ingredients such as soy protein concentrate, coconut oil and sunflower oil.
Dietitians agree with Mackey and say that vegetable burgers are high in fat and sodium and that it is ultimately no healthier than a traditional beef burger.
& # 39; I would say they are not much healthier than beef burgers, & # 39; told Adena Neglia, a registered dietitian at Brown & Medina Nutrition in New York City, in a recent interview at DailyMail.com.
& # 39; They are so much good nutrition that we get from grass-fed beef and with the Impossible Burger we get food, colors, flavorings from GMO (genetically modified organism). I would recommend going with the simple option. & # 39;
Impossible Foods, another company that makes vegetable substitutes for meat (above), is working with Burger King to launch an Impossible Whopper
Rochelle Sirota, a registered dietitian at Roc Nutrition in New York, told DailyMail.com in May that said she also does not believe that the impossible hamburger is that environmentally friendly.
& # 39; From what I have read, soy itself is bad for climate change and one of the ingredients is soy protein concentrate & she said. & # 39; I believe we are heading in the wrong direction. & # 39;
According to a 2016 report from think tank Chatham House, between 70 and 75 percent of global soy is used as feed for animals such as pigs and cows.
This resulted in tropical deforestation, particularly in the Brazilian Amazon.
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