I must admit that the possibility to eat something that taste almost like meat seduced me and keep exciting people in Singapore. Vegan people might rejoice seeing new complete alternative proteins entering the market. Also, we keep being fed by these little flags on social media and in our plates at restaurants, urging us to try ourselves!
So… Have you tried the juicy Impossible Burger at one of the restaurants selling it in Singapore?
Or cooked the beefy Beyond Meat patties to replace beef in a spaghetti bolognese dish or you just stick to the shroomy Quorn nowadays?
Or maybe have you gone Beyond Impossible (sorry for the pun again!) and went to Grand Hyatt food truck in September to try the Spanish newcomer Heura with its plant based chicken?
If you can answer yes to one of these questions, then you’re reading the right article 🙂
It seems to be good for the planet (upcoming article on that!) and even beef lovers like it. It may have a better taste than eating crickets… (Even though they have almost 3 times more protein than chicken. Yes.)
Vegan meats available in Singapore: Protein profile/intake and ingredients
Impossible Foods | Beyond Meat
|Impossible Foods | Vegan Beef||Beyon Meat | Vegan Beef/Pork|
| Available in selected restaurants and in store since Sept in the US|
Complete protein source, from soy protein
|Available in selected restaurants (Try the Beyond Mama Randang!) and in stores islandwide.|
Complete protein source, from pea protein
Some proteins found in food are “complete,” meaning they contain all twenty-plus types of amino acids needed to make new protein in the body. Others are incomplete, lacking one or more of the nine essential amino acids, which our bodies can’t make from scratch or from other amino acids. Animal-based foods (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy foods) tend to be good sources of complete protein, while plant-based foods (fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and seeds) often lack one or more essential amino acid.
Learn more (Harvard School of Public Health)
Are you vegan? Lean more on the 8 essential amino acids for vegan that your body cannot create and must get from food.
Heura, Foods for tomorrow | Quorn
|Heura | Vegan Chicken||Quorn Meat | Vegan Chicken/Beef|
|Available at Grand Hyatt|
Complete protein source, from soy concentrate
|Available in stores|
Complete protein source, from mycoprotein
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Is it healthy?
Critics Challenge the Health Benefits of Alternative Meats. | Bloomberg https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-18/faux-meat-has-a-real-threat-with-opponents-attacking-healthiness | September 18, 2019
Nutritionists say it’s ‘bleeding’ veggie burger is healthy despite being processed. | Businessinsiderbusinessinsider.com/is-beyond-meat-healthy-nutritionists-say-yes-on-occasion-2019-6 | August 26, 2019
8 Nutrients for Vegan and where to find them | Yin Yan Phoi, Accredited Practising Dietitian https://yoripe.com/essential-nutrients-for-vegans/
Complete Protein Sources
Complete proteins are those that contain all essential amino acids in sufficient quantity – these are typically animal-based proteins, but a few plant sources are also considered complete. A few examples are (* indicates plant-based):
Dairy products (milk, yogurt, whey)
Hemp and chia seed*