As a whole, vegans generally love Beyond Burgers.
And while most people have no issues with them, I’ve been seeing more and more stories of people complaining about stomach issues after having a beyond burger.
While I don’t have a definitive answer as to why, I do have a guess.
Take a look at the ingredients list (I removed the vitamins and coloring ingredients):
water, pea protein isolate, expeller-pressed canola oil, refined coconut oil, rice protein, mung bean protein, natural flavors, methylcellulose, potato starch, sunflower oil, salt, potassium chloride, apple extract, vinegar, lemon juice concentrate, sunflower lecithin
Pea protein and the other proteins are pretty unlikely to give you any stomach issues. You’ll find those in most vegan protein powders, so you can always try a few shakes if you’d like to test it.
The only ingredients I can really see causing an issue is all the oil.
Beyond Burgers Have a LOT of Fat
If you’ve ever cooked one on a frying pan, this shouldn’t be a surprise. You don’t need to add any oil yourself because quite a bit comes out of the burgers themselves.
The beyond burger has 40 grams of fat per burger, which is the same amount of fat as in 0.7 cups of cashews, which is quite a bit.
Even just one burger might give you stomach issues if you typically don’t eat too much fat (I really wouldn’t recommend adding any mayo to it as well).
If you only have issues after eating 2-3 beyond burgers, try limiting how much you have next time and see if you feel better.
One final thought I’ll throw out is that your stomach pain could also be related to undercooking Beyond Burgers, although I think it’s pretty unlikely. If you’re having trouble cooking them on a stove or grill, try cooking your Beyond Burgers in the oven.