• Megan Woolhouse

    Megan Woolhouse

    Megan Woolhouse worked as a reporter at the Boston Globe for more than a decade, in addition to newspapers in Louisville, Ky., and Baton Rouge, La. A graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and Clark University in Worcester, she lives in Boston and enjoys baking, reading, and taekwondo sparring with her seven-year-old daughter. Profile

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There are 10 comments on Fake Meats Are Hot, but Are They Healthy?

  1. Lab made meat? No, thank you, most especially since it is made with GMOs (soy and yeast), which have been shown to be carcinogenic and tumorigenic in mice. If you eat meat, make sure it’s organic – many animals are fed GMO feed and you are what you eat – just eat less of it, and source it from small farms that care for and treat their animals humanely.

  2. Where and when can I find the impossible burger at BU dining halls?? I’m a vegan who eats in the dining halls every and haven’t heard anything about the impossible burger coming to BU dining until this article.

    1. BU Dining is thrilled you dine with us on Wholesome Roots days. Each dining hall customizes this plant-forward menu at minimum one day a week. The variety of choices are designed to educate guests about options such as vegan, vegetarian, and sustainable foods. We encourage guests to creatively select whole ingredients from a variety of stations in their choices.

    2. The brand Impossible Burger, is not necessarily the standard offer of BU Dining. Rather, we serve the Beyond Burger at Fresh Fuel Company @ Granby every week. You’ll also find Gardein Burgers every day at West, Warren, and Marciano Commons and they are scrumptious, a flavorful blend of veggies, mushrooms, bulgar wheat, and rolled oats. You’ll also find meatless burger options at Rhett’s in the George Sherman Union.

  3. Some good information in this article, but I think you focused too much on the “unknowns” — and threw some unnecessary shade in that direction — of meat alternatives and didn’t focus enough on animal cruelty. Most vegans I know care about the environment and their health, but their main reason for eating a plant-based diet is that they do not want to contribute to the unimaginable cruelty that is the meat and dairy industries.

  4. These meats were meant to mimic fast food burgers. Do people think that eating burgers is healthy?

    I’d also like to add that there is no such thing as “humane” meat or “sustainable” seafood. Even if there were, BU only sources less than 20% of meat “humanely.” These are marketing terms designed to make you think of green pastures and happy animals when this is not the case. Unnecessary killing and exploitation of animals is unethical and has been show to be bad for our environment and health. I am happy to see vegan options expanding at BU.

  5. I eat vegetarian (mostly climate reasons), and I’m disappointed at how often fake meat substitutes are included in the vegetarian/vegan options in the dining halls. If I was going to miss meat that much, I wouldn’t have gone vegetarian. Just give me more vegetables! I’m not here for meat substitutes that are highly processed and don’t add nutritional value.

    Also, while I’m glad that the dining halls are trying to offer more sustainable options with things like Wholesome Roots days, the options are still dominated by meat :(

  6. It’s made with soy – most likely GMO, which is carcinogenic and toxic to the body. If it’s made in a lab, it’s crap, pure and simple. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, omnivore, or whatever, to maintain good health eat REAL organic food, not processed or lab-made foods.

  7. I don’t understand the need to mimic meat. The whole movement is to NOT eat meat & dairy … to eat organic fresh vegetables, greens, fruits, nuts, seeds. There is no need to eat lab created crap, or processed chemical concoctions in jars and boxes. Just. Eat. Real. Food. It really isn’t that hard, and it is much healthier.

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