Health Minute: Plant-Based Meat Alternatives

Jul 14, 2020

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It’s summertime! That means it’s time for backyard grilling. 

There are more grilling options now than in years past, and many of them are plant-based meat substitutes. These products are most commonly soy-, grain-, or pea-based, and can accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions and needs, including kosher, gluten free, dairy free, and egg free. 

And while burgers may come to mind when you think of plant-based meat substitutes, there are also substitutes for fish, crabs, hotdogs, chicken, ribs, and bacon.

But are they better for you? That depends on the product, additives, preparation, serving size and your personal dietary needs. Some products are lower in saturated fats or calories, but have higher sodium levels. It’s important to read food labels.

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