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The Burger King Impossible Whopper.
« on: August 22, 2019, 05:42:27 PM »
 Stopped by Burger King to try the Impossible Whopper. I do like the Whopper because of the flavor of the beef patty. If someone had given me the Impossible Whopper and did not tell me there was no meat in it, I would of thought it was a real beef patty. It did not taste quite like the real Whopper patty, but the texture was pretty spot on.. It had less of a flamed grilled flavor and did not have the greasy feel to the mouth. It did remind of a Whataburger patty which seems to be less greasy than an Whopper. I will eat one again. I like the idea of having a good burger without the guilt of eating something bad for my health. I give the Impossible Burger 2 thumbs up!!! Never thought I would like a veggie burger. I like their idea of a small order of fries.
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Re: The Burger King Impossible Whopper.
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2019, 05:50:13 PM »
Holy crap, I had one today, too, and your review is spot-on!  I phrase it as, it's missing that "lighter fluid" taste that a meat whopper has. Overall, it tastes like a bland whopper.

Healthwise - I hate to break it to you, but this isn't really a healthier version. Higher in sodium and carbs, if I'm not mistaken. Maybe in calories as well, I can't remember the specifics, but it's definitely not a "heathy whopper;" that really would be impossible!   ;)

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Re: The Burger King Impossible Whopper.
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2019, 06:19:03 PM »
Wow, you're right Carryon.
https://www.bk.com/menu-item/impossible-whopper
Way too much salt for me. I am a little surprised overall.
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Re: The Burger King Impossible Whopper.
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2019, 06:20:10 PM »
Holy crap, I had one today, too, and your review is spot-on!  I phrase it as, it's missing that "lighter fluid" taste that a meat whopper has. Overall, it tastes like a bland whopper.

Healthwise - I hate to break it to you, but this isn't really a healthier version. Higher in sodium and carbs, if I'm not mistaken. Maybe in calories as well, I can't remember the specifics, but it's definitely not a "heathy whopper;" that really would be impossible!   ;)


  I just read this article about the nutritional benefits. Yes it does have more sodium, 16% of RDA. It is made with GMO's and does have more fat than the normal burger. But it also has more vitamins and minerals than beef. It is healthier than beef but not by much. But for people who want a burger but don't do meat, it's a great substitute. Was not expecting it to be that good. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/impossible-burger 

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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2019, 01:44:38 PM »
Looking at the Nutrition Information for the Impossible Whopper at https://www.bk.com/menu-item/impossible-whopper, I agree that 1080mg is a lot of sodium. However, if one is not on a sodium restricted diet or does not have a present or past cardiovascular problem, it is possible to accept the 1080mg number but it may mean having to work around that number by restricting consumption of other foods that contain sodium, which usually means salt. For example, for years the American Heart Association advocated that consumers limit their daily sodium consumption to 1500mg. However, several years ago a study came out that reported that following such a low sodium number actually increased cardiovascular problems. The AHA contested this holding (see http://www.cardiobrief.org/2016/05/25/the-american-heart-associations-strong-stance-against-science/) but in recent times the AHA has tolerated an increased daily sodium consumption of 2300mg. That is just shy of a teaspoon (technically a teaspoon of salt is 2325mg). For comparison purposes, the average daily consumption of sodium is around 3400mg. So there is a fair amount of room before the 2300mg number is reached.

Also, keep in mind that the 1080mg number includes sodium from all sources. This includes the bun. This morning, while I was in the supermarket, I checked the sodium contents of several types, brands and sizes of hamburger buns. The sodium content ranged from about 300mg to 500mg. I assume that most of the rest of the salt is in the burger patty itself. I don't know what sauces or condiments are used in the sandwich itself but there is likely salt in such sauces and condiments also. And certainly in the pickles (with about 200mg for four or five pickle slices being typical).

Of course, there are other parts of the burger that for some people may not pass muster from a nutrition standpoint, such as the amount of saturated fat, the use of soybeans, carbohydrate content, reduced protein content, etc. But I suspect that most diners do not keep track of the numbers for those ingredients or plan to work around them. I personally would only look at the sodium content and decide whether I should eat a burger based on that number. I might not be crazy about some of the other ingredients but I most likely would tolerate them.

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Re: The Burger King Impossible Whopper.
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2019, 02:20:30 PM »
The idea that the impossible burger is somehow healthier for you is ludicrous. Plant based isn’t even the word for it - maybe plant derived. Starches, pea protein, refined coconut oil (which has been shown time and time again to basically be poison for your body.) I see the benefit if you’re a vegan and you don’t care what the patty is made of, so long as it’s not meat. But we shouldn’t equate “plant derived” with “better for you.”

I’m of the opinion eat a burger or eat a roasted mushroom or something. But this is Franken-food that likely does more harm than good. They don’t even know the environmental impact of it yet.

That’s not to say it doesn’t taste good - I’ve had it. I think they’ve accomplished what they set out to do. But I’m not eating one of these for “health reasons” or to “save the environment.”
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2019, 04:36:35 PM »
What do they advertise meat alternatives as? Good for your health? Good for the environment? Good for the bulls that didn't have to be born? There are of course many vegans, but in these days it's maybe more likely to be about the environment. As some have mentioned, the health effect might not be something to shout about.
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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2019, 07:22:23 PM »
What do they advertise meat alternatives as? Good for your health? Good for the environment? Good for the bulls that didn't have to be born? There are of course many vegans, but in these days it's maybe more likely to be about the environment. As some have mentioned, the health effect might not be something to shout about.
As I see it, there are a lot of moving parts.

First, there is no doubt that there are people who are concerned about the environment. Livestock production requires a lot of resources, such as land, animal feed (mostly corn and soybeans), processing facilities, and transportation modalities. Also, ruminant livestock animals like cows and sheep produce a lot of methane gas. In that vein, I recalled that the ruminant livestock in New Zealand were responsible for a substantial portion of New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions, and was the largest contributor. With that thought in mind, I did a search tonight and found this article on the New Zealand situation:

https://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/science/greenhouse-gases/agricultural-greenhouse-gases/methane-emissions

So, finding way to reduce the abovementioned resources devoted to livestock production yet provide reasonable and acceptable alternatives through the production of meat substitutes at a reasonable cost is arguably a good thing to do.

Second, in recent years specialists in heart health and heart disease have been advocating that people cut back on their consumption of red meat, and especially highly-processed meats like bacon, cold cuts, sausages and hotdogs, and replacing such products with fish, most notably salmon (because of its omega 3 essentially fatty acids that are good for heart health). Increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables has also been part of the message. So, finding plant-based substitutes for real meat is a good thing for those whose goal is to try to improve heart health. It is useful to remember that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the US, with over a half million deaths annually in the US.

Third, there is nothing particularly new about replacing meats with plant-based substitutes. For many years companies like Morningstar have been making products like sausage patties and links that are plant based. However, as can be seen at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0014CSKCI/?tag=pmak-20, such products are highly processed. And they are based in part on soy products, and in my opinion of questionable health value. They are also more expensive on a weight basis than the real foods that they replace. And they are generally available only in retail food stores with little or no widespread distribution outside of the stores.

Finally, the spectacular success that Beyond Meat has enjoyed in the stock market with its recent IPO (initial public offering) (see https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/BYND/) has attracted a great deal of interest from Burger King and other retail fast food chains that are trying to add new offerings on their menus. However, in my opinion this does not portend the demise of the meat industry. And it is too early to speculate on whether the Beyond Meat and Impossible products will have a lasting impact on the economy and consumer tastes. But it would not come as a surprise if other plant-based meat substitutes or alternatives present themselves over time, especially if the fast food chains show significant sales. And I expect that the purveyors of such products will proclaim the benefits to the environment and to the health of the American public.

As I was composing the above, I stumbled across a recent Bloomberg article that helps clarify the Beyond Meat and Impossible phenomena and some of the challenges they can expect:

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/business-veganism-vaping-060005443.html

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Re: The Burger King Impossible Whopper.
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2019, 08:32:50 PM »
So long as we're required to put corn in our gasoline, I'm not going to loose any sleep over feeding it to livestock.
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Re: The Burger King Impossible Whopper.
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2019, 08:56:10 PM »
So long as we're required to put corn in our gasoline, I'm not going to loose any sleep over feeding it to livestock.
Craig,

Ethanol has long been a political issue. You may remember articles like this when Ted Cruz was a candidate for the presidency:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/02/01/why-is-the-issue-of-ethanol-dogging-ted-cruz-in-iowa/

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Re: The Burger King Impossible Whopper.
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2019, 09:06:42 PM »
Off topic, but I think a corn fed, corn finished burger blend tastes best  :angel:

So long as we're required to put corn in our gasoline, I'm not going to loose any sleep over feeding it to livestock.

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« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2019, 09:44:28 PM »
So long as we're required to put corn in our gasoline, I'm not going to loose any sleep over feeding it to livestock.
That is related to what has been my concern and objection for nearly 20 years: if it doesn’t work out we cannot then eat the oil.
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Re: The Burger King Impossible Whopper.
« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2019, 11:52:18 AM »
So long as we're required to put corn in our gasoline, I'm not going to loose any sleep over feeding it to livestock.

We're not required to put etOH in gas.  I've got a turbo car that requires high octane and locally it's etOH free and $0.60 more per gallon than 87.
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Re: The Burger King Impossible Whopper.
« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2019, 07:55:08 PM »
Heads up, BK has a Impossible Whopper deal going on. If you buy a Impossible Whopper, BK will include a REAL Whopper for $7.50......Or you can get a double Whopper for $3.......i know what im getting, how bout you guys?

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« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2019, 09:25:14 PM »
We're not required to put etOH in gas.  I've got a turbo car that requires high octane and locally it's etOH free and $0.60 more per gallon than 87.

Not required in ALL gas, but we're required to put something like 15 billion gallons of corn ethanol into gasoline every year.
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Re: The Burger King Impossible Whopper.
« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2019, 09:22:29 PM »
I had it tonight and was not impressed.  I'm a fan of the original whopper and also like beyond meat burgers.  The impossible whopper has an artificial off flavor.  I suspect they are trying to duplicate the flame broil flavor of their regular meat whoppers.  At any rate, it has a weird bitter note taste that doesn't translate through very well.  It's also nearly $9 for a medium sized combo meal.  Not really a value at all. 

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« Reply #16 on: September 19, 2019, 11:17:17 AM »
I had it tonight and was not impressed.  I'm a fan of the original whopper and also like beyond meat burgers.  The impossible whopper has an artificial off flavor.  I suspect they are trying to duplicate the flame broil flavor of their regular meat whoppers.  At any rate, it has a weird bitter note taste that doesn't translate through very well.  It's also nearly $9 for a medium sized combo meal.  Not really a value at all.

For an extra dollar you can get two beef whoppers, two fries, and two drinks. I guess they are targeting vegans who are desperate to eat something that taste like a beef burger. Because from what ive gathered, its not any healthier.

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Re: The Burger King Impossible Whopper.
« Reply #17 on: October 13, 2019, 02:37:13 PM »
The old school BK Big Fish was awesome... Then they had to go an fiddle with it.  😠
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Re: The Burger King Impossible Whopper.
« Reply #18 on: October 15, 2019, 04:48:48 PM »
  It amazes me that they take a product with a great customer base and decide it's a good idea to change it. Coke learned the hard way that if it ain't broke don't try and fix it.  A couple of years ago Taco Bueno changed their spice blend for their beef and it is just horrible. It used to be my fave fast food Tex-Mex. Maybe someone in the board room does this to justify their job. When KFC changed the gravy recipe and Colonel Sanders tasted it, he was disgusted. A few months ago the butterfinger formula was revamped. Customers aren't showing too much love for it.

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« Reply #19 on: October 15, 2019, 06:54:10 PM »
Damn it..... They went an messed with my Butterfinger now??

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