Whole Foods CEO claims plant-based meats might not be so healthy

Amidst all the hype, Whole Foods CEO says that the plant-based meat foods might not be so healthy as it seems

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There has been a lot of hype around the plant-based meats that are trending across various fast food brands. However, Whole Foods’s CEO is reportedly not a fan of the plant-based meat. John Mackey, while talking to a leading daily said that the plant based meals might be good for the environment but is not good for the health.

Mackey said, “If you look at the ingredients, they are super highly processed foods. I don’t think eating highly processed foods is healthy. I think people thrive on eating whole foods.” Beyond Meat is a plant based start up and began selling its vegan chicken strips at Whole Foods in 2013. The star up then went on to develop a plant-based beef and then its competitors also created a burger that tastes just like beef. The Impossible Burger is available at restaurants like Burger King, Red Robin and White Castle.

The craze around plant-based meat is quickly growing and this week, Beyond Meat and Kentucky Fried Chicken said that they are teaming up to test plant-based chicken. A KFC restaurant I Atlanta became the first to offer Beyond Friend Chicken as nuggets and boneless wings. Many have pointed out that plant-based meat that is processed and contains fair amounts of sodium and saturated fat, might not be as healthy as some might think.

Moreover, Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger have calorie counts that are similar to that of the ground beef. But still some nutritionists say that the burgers are not necessarily bad for the consumers despite being processed.

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