The Impossible Whopper

Burger King recently came out with a completely meat-free burger.

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Burger King recently came out with a completely meat-free burger.

America eats too much meat. Everyone knows that. A study shows how an average American ate around 270.7 pounds of meat in a single year. That approximates to an average of 3 hamburgers a day! Luckily, Burger King has it all figured out. The all new Impossible Whopper provides a way to control the extreme diet of many Americans.

The first Whopper was introduced in 1957 as the signature Burger King burger. However, as time passed, many realized that the high levels of fat, cholesterol, and sodium, correlates to an unhealthy lifestyle. Burger King also realized this and planned to make a meatless Whopper—the Impossible Whopper.

The Impossible Whopper was made to imitate the taste and texture of meat through processed vegetables. Through a successful run in St. Louis, Missouri, Burger King announced that they would make the Impossible Whopper available across the country by the end of the year. The Impossible Whopper is a dollar more than its counterpart, but people all over the country want a piece of this new invention.  In the week the Impossible Whopper was introduced to the public, Burger King was out of supplies to make burgers for the duration of the week.

The Impossible Whopper seems to be doing its job very well. Burger King assistant manager, Nikiesha Harvey, stated, “I couldn’t tell the difference, and I was shocked myself.” She introduced the new burger to her husband and son and they didn’t know the difference either.

Meatless burgers can also save and reduce the environmental concerns and effects with the cattle. Global warming is at its peak and this can help reduce the amount of greenhouse gases produced by cows. Companies like Beyond Meat has been funded and invested in by many celebrities, solely due to this reason.

Everything seems great about the Impossible Whopper, from Burger King’s profit to the lack of global warming concerns. However, the real question still lies: Is the Impossible Whopper healthier than the regular Whopper? As stated previously, the Impossible Whopper requires processed vegetables. These vegetables have been produced with additives to further improve its texture and taste, but whole foods are always better to consume than processed foods. The brain’s ability to comprehend, weight loss, and less chance of chronic disease, were all found correlated to the increase in consumption of whole foods, rather than processed ones.

The Impossible Whopper is made from soy-based patties. Senior physician, Wendy Chen suggested, “The long-term effects of consumption of soy protein concentrates and isolates in humans is unknown.” She states how no ingredients found in the Whopper are known to be toxic, so overdosage would be the only problem with the Whopper.

Surprisingly, or not so surprisingly, Impossible Whoppers made from the processed vegetables were found to be not so nutritious. The comparison between the regular Whopper and the Impossible one has been seen to show minor differences. The Impossible Whopper has 30 fewer calories than the standard Whopper but has more sodium, carbohydrates, fiber, and sugar according to its nutrition labels.

Healthy food should have whole foods like fresh vegetables, not processed ones. Fewer cattle is important for less global warming, but the similarity in the nutrition of the standard and Impossible Whoppers makes the new Whopper very unhealthy. The Impossible Whopper was a huge hit in the country, but its nutrition isn’t so much of a hit compared to its signature Whopper.