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Do You Know What Your Veggie Burger is Made Of?

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Are veggies burgers really meatless? Well, yes, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're filled with veggies either. Some varieties of veggie burger were found to be void of vegetables, according to the American Dietetic Association.

“Arguably, if food doesn’t taste good, people are less likely to eat it even if it does wear an impressive nutrition label,” said registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner, a spokeswoman for the association. Use these tips from Blatner to help you pick a better veggie burger (and other meatless meals).

  • Veggie burgers with 10 grams of protein or less tend to contain more vegetables and whole grains than those with more protein, which often are made of mostly soy protein and wheat gluten.
  • Veggie hot dogs tend to have fewer calories, less fat, less sodium and more protein than traditional frankfurters.
  • Though veggie burgers contain far less fat and more fiber than beef or turkey burgers, they tend to contain much more sodium—an average of 350 milligrams, or 15 percent of the recommended daily amount.
  • Just because a brand is vegan-friendly, it doesn't necessarily contain more vegetables.
  • Meatless burgers and hot dogs can be bad for people with certain food allergies. Most contain soy and wheat, and many others contain eggs, dairy and nuts.
  • Some meatless burgers or hot dogs tend to fall apart on the grill so use cooking spray on them and cook over low-medium heat but not over a direct flame, which could dry them out.

About The Author

David Schipper – David began writing for CorePerformance.com in 2008, after spending six years at Men's Health magazine digging up the newest scientific research in health, weight loss, nutrition, muscle and cardiovascular fitness.

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Tags: Food, Nutrients