Plant-based fast food items, especially burgers, have been becoming increasingly popular in the last few years. The products could be better for your health depending on their components. The main benefit of vegan burgers comes from their nutrients, which include fiber. The burgers can have soluble and insoluble forms of fiber. Almost every vegetable, whole grain, legume and nut has some amount of both fibers. If you are seeking fiber-rich burgers, then look for the products with peas, mushrooms, beets, whole grains, lentils, beans or soy as their main components.
There is generally more phytonutrients in a vegan diet. Phytonutrients are substances that can keep certain diseases from happening and can be otherwise beneficial to our health. Some of these substances function in the form of antioxidants. A color such as red, purple, tan, green or orange indicates the form of phytonutrient present in fresh produce or a plant. When people say, ‘eat a rainbow’, they are referring to this aspect of a plant-based product.
However, the thing with the diet is that vegan food textures and tastes are different. This presents a problem regarding the additives used to imitate the texture and flavor of meat.
Certain vegan burgers tend to have added fat, which is occasionally in the saturated form. Palm oil or coconut oil is often the additive used in those burgers. As in the case of real meat burgers, the use of fats in their vegan meat counterparts is potentially a cause of concern regarding health.
Saturated fat is shown to increase the level of ‘bad cholesterol’, and the reason to worry here is that this might just raise heart disease possibility. Another vegan burger additive to watch out for is salt. It is used as a preservative and ‘flavor booster’ in packaged burgers. An excessive amount of salt is likely to increase blood pressure.
Remember that the burger bun and condiments will also contain sodium, which will increase the fast food item’s overall sodium level. The aforementioned additives may affect the nutrition-related quality of the burgers. Therefore, it is important to compare multiple options and purchase wisely. Otherwise, you might wish to prepare these burgers on your own. You may include seasonings such as spices or others in place of added fat and salt.
On the whole, it is a good idea to include more vegan products such as veggies, nuts, lentils, whole grains and beans for variety in your diet.