Faux, or synthetic meats and dairy products are manufactured from plant-based items such as beans, legumes, grains, seeds and nuts, rice, soy, wheat and almonds.
Faux meat and dairy products are great alternatives to animal products but should only be used occasionally. Many of these products are overly processed and contain unhealthy ingredients.
Faux foods are often easier on the digestive system than animal meat and dairy. Eating faux meats and dairy products may help you feel and think better. When eating meat, there is a risk of developing several conditions including:
- Mad Cow Disease
- Hormonal imbalance
Eating a plant-based diet may help improve behavior, mood, concentration, and energy. Though it is best to get nutrients from raw, live foods, herbs and other natural things, faux foods are great for its satisfying taste.
Unlike animal meat, processed faux food products do not contribute to the development of diabetes, cancer, obesity, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
They are alternative products that help people make the transition to a vegan diet. Even though they are processed foods, they prevent harm and injury to the planet that is caused by regular meat and dairy consumption. Faux foods satisfies people’s desire to eat products that resembles meat but through safer methods.
Faux foods should be treated as transitional food substitutes. If the ultimate goal is to attain a completely vegan diet, then faux foods should be the first step.
Faux products are beneficial because they keep people from eating real meat and dairy. But these options, you need to be careful about ingredients such as soy and whey protein.
Soy products may cause hormonal issues but it is still a healthier alternative to meat and dairy.
The safest dairy and milk alternative is almond milk, especially for those who are lactose intolerant, diabetic, suffering from heart disease or have allergies to casein.
Almond milk is lower in calories compared to cow’s milk but still contains a high dose of vitamin E and calcium. It’s a great source of several important fat-soluble vitamins. Vitamin A and E are great antioxidants that protect the cells and tissues while also enhancing the body’s immunity. Also found in almond milk, Vitamin D helps strengthen bones and teeth.
Considering the low amount of calories, almond milk is very high in nutrients.
Most fake meat products are primarily made of soy products. Soy protein is an acceptable alternative while transitioning to a vegan or raw food diet, but DHerbs does not recommend long-term consumption of soy products in any form due to it’s genetically modified status and the fact that soy is a processed food.
Soy meat is typically made of soy flour and/or soybean oil. Most soy meats contain fillers such as flour, corn or other vegetables. These fillers are generally used to enhance the products taste and flavor. Soy meat is usually used to create burgers, tacos, burritos or other meals that normally use animal meat.
The healthiest options for soy-based proteins are ones that are fermented and are not genetically engineered. These include:
- Soy Sauce
Dangers of Genetically Engineered Sources
Studies have shown that soy can harm the thyroid gland and prevent the body from absorbing minerals. Soy may even disrupt the body from properly digesting protein.
Most soy products are genetically engineered and do not have very natural sources of protein. Modifying the genes of a food creates proteins that are not naturally found in its chemical structure. In order to avoid genetically engineered foods, buy fresh organic foods.
Healthy Alternatives to Soy-Based Protein
Faux meat made with beans and legumes are great alternatives to soy or whey protein.
Lentils are very good sources of cholesterol-lowering fiber and can be found in many faux meat products, especially burgers.
DHerbs offers this formula:
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