How healthy is Burger King's new meatless Whopper?
As a large portion of Americans are making the decision to become vegetarians, meat substitutes such as veggie burgers have become extremely popular. Although most veggie burgers barely mimic the succulent flavor of a meaty burger, Burger King's new "Impossible Whopper" succeeds in giving vegetarians the flavor that others lack.
The burger contains all the normal toppings of a regular Whopper: lettuce, pickles, sliced tomatoes, onions, and ketchup. It also features egg-based mayonnaise, which means that the "burger" isn't exactly vegan-friendly.
The burger itself is made out of a variety of oils and ingredients such as potato protein, soy protein, and coconut oil. The ingredient that provides the meaty taste is a molecule called heme. While the patties may be meat-free, it is not known whether they are cooked separately from the others that contain meat.
Although the burger does not contain meat, the question on the minds of many is whether it is healthier than an original Whopper, and the answer is not really. According to Today Magazine, "A traditional Whopper has 660 calories, 40 grams of fat... and 28 grams of protein." On the other hand, the Impossible Whopper contains "630 calories, 34 grams of fat and 25 grams of protein." The Impossible Whopper also has more carbs and more sodium.
To make it easier for customers to obtain their new product, Burger King has partnered with DoorDash, a food delivery service, until September first. Using the code "IMPOSSIBLE," you could get an original Whopper and an Impossible Whopper delivered to your door for only $7.
Burger King informed Today that the burger will only be available for a limited time but could not provide a specific time line. The Impossible Whopper costs about six dollars while an original costs about five.