Fake meat may seem modern, but it’s actually not. The first known plant-based meat product, called Nuttose, dropped in 1896. Kellogg wanted Americans to stop eating so many heavy foods, so they made a “meatless meat” out of peanuts — which was described as a “cheesy mass” that could be sliced, stewed, and hashed.
By the 1990s, other companies wanted in on the increasingly lucrative fake meat industry. They made products out of soy, rice, wheat, and mushrooms. Most of them looked and tasted like salty cardboard. Capitalism persisted.
Proponents of fake meat claim that it’s better for your body.
Most experts agree, because most meat alternative have fewer calories than animal products — but they’re also highly processed and contain absurd amounts of sodium.
99% less water
Producing a Beyond Burger, for example, uses 99% less water, 90% fewer greenhouse gasses, and 46% less energy than making a beef burger.
Still, anything that comes in a shiny package also comes with a carbon footprint, and the reality is that fake meat has always been more of a marketing gimmick than a nutritional plan.
I don’t know who still needs to hear this, but we were literally born onto a planet that grows food.