I’ve seen more discussions about Beyond Meat (and Beyond Burgers specifically) than I can count.
You’ll get a range of different opinions from vegans depending on who you ask.
Some argue that the very sight of a meat alternative makes them think of the real thing and it’s gross. But in general, vegans absolutely love and support Beyond Meat.
Why Vegans Generally Like Beyond Meat
There are 2 reasons that vegans support Beyond Meat.
1. It’s a Great Meat Substitute
If you ever tried some of the meat substitutes from a decade ago, then you know how terrible the options were.
Meat substitutes have come a long way, and most would say that Beyond Meat is at the forefront of it.
Beyond burgers have a pretty similar texture to meat. Many say they taste exactly like beef burgers, but I don’t really think so personally.
Regardless, it’s a great substitute that makes being vegan easier for most.
2. Beyond Meat Encourages Meat Eaters to Eat Less Meat
Most vegans want one thing more than anything else – for people to stop harming animals to eat them.
Obviously they’d prefer everyone to go vegan, but people replacing meat meals with substitutes like Beyond Meat still makes a big impact. It directly saves the lives of animals, and helps the environment.
Finally, it can show people who eat meat that there’s a way to enjoy food they like without harming animals.
Are Beyond Meat Products Healthy? (Should Vegans Care?)
Beyond Burgers aren’t really “healthy” (also not total junk either).
They’re processed and fairly high in sodium. I’ve seen quite a few anecdotes of Beyond Burgers causing stomach pain.
That may bother some vegans, but the vast majority do not care.
When someone goes to eat a burger, it’s not because they’re trying to eat healthily.
I only mention this topic because I’ve seen a rash of content being pushed by the meat industry trying to push people away from Beyond Meat, and the best they can come up with is “it’s not healthy.”
Not a very good argument to me.