I've been dying to try this burger after hearing all the hype this past year. I finally got a chance last week. If you haven't already heard about it, it's the very first burger designed to look, feel and taste like meat. Impossible Foods uses a heme protein in soy to mimic the taste and feel of blood that gives meat it's, well meatiness. While some vegans are kinda disgusted by it, and rightfully so, I think it's fascinating.
We are coming to an age in time where we need to shift our habits. The health of humans and the planet is at an all time low. Eating a plant-based diet solves these problems. Some people have a really hard time making changes. For those who don't want to give up their meaty burger, the Impossible Burger truly delivers.
My husband and I brought our daughters and a friend to Bareburger in Ridgefield last week to try it out. I had an impossible burger on a salad no bun. The rest of the family had buns, vegan cheese and custom fixings. We all agreed it tasted like meat. While I haven't had meat in over 7 years, it tasted like either a blend of beef and turkey or perhaps another type of exotic meat from what I could remember. My youngest daughter (11) who has been vegan for just under 1 year agreed with me.
So how did we feel the next day? My husband and youngest daughter felt great. While they eat a whole foods plant-based diet when I prepare it for them, they also don't worry about having veggie burgers and other "junky" food now and then when they feel like it. My youngest daughter loved the burger so much she's already asked to go get one again. My oldest daughter, although also vegan, doesn't always eat perfectly clean either but she feels the difference when she doesn't. She's a dancer and gets the food/body connection. She mentioned that she felt kinda gross the next day.
I on the other hand eat a good 60-80% raw and 6 out of 7 days a week completely whole-foods plant based while always 100% vegan. I'm very mindful of what I eat but I wanted to know what it tasted like. I didn't feel great the next day and could feel it in my yoga practice. My only regret though is that I didn't have the cheese and bun. The reason I felt so lousy is that it's a processed food so if I'm going to feel yucky the next day, I might as well eat the works next time.
My daughter's friend who eats meat also agreed that the burger tasted like real meat too. If you are trying to transition and really need a meat cheat once in a while, please give the Impossible Burger a try. You won't be disappointed.