Which Is Healthier - Beef or Plant-Based Burgers?

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Playing Meatless Burgers: Are They Healthy?

If you are craving a burger and looking to be as healthy as possible, should you eat a beef burger or a plant-based burger?

Watch: The Nutritional Breakdown of Beef vs. Plant-Based Burgers

The Doctors welcome cardiologist Dr. Joel Kahn and dietitian Cara Rosenbloom to weigh in.

Dr. Kahn says eating more plant-based foods, like veggie burgers, is "a stepping stone" to help consumers learn about the advantages of eating more plant-based foods. He notes there are potential environmental contaminants like pesticides in beef and says this can be avoided in plant-based foods.

Cara contends the popularity boom of plant-based burgers is "a lot of hype and a lot of marketing" and is a "rebranding of junk food." She explains eating whole plant-based foods is great for someone's health, but shares concern that plant-based burgers are too processed. She says consuming too many processed foods -- even if they are plant-based -- is not a healthy food choice.

So how do the 2 different types of burgers stack up against each other nutritionally? The Doctors share the stats:

  • Calories: the same in each
  • Fat: higher in beef
  • Saturated fat: higher in plant-based
  • Sodium: higher in plant-based
  • Protein: higher in beef

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Dr. Kahn also notes a recent study found people who ate pea-based burgers over beef burgers saw their weight drop and their cholesterol levels lowered.

Both Cara and Dr. Kahn agree these types of plant-based foods should be enjoyed along with a lot of other whole and unprocessed foods and recommend being mindful of the sodium content. If you are going to have beef, they suggest buying a lean version and eating in moderation.

See which type of burger tastes best in our virtual blind taste test with sisters Movitza and Ivana who rate each type by flavor and texture, in the video below!

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