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Beyond Meat now available at Lidl: How healthy is the Vegan Burger

His entry into the Lidl range is considered as the start of the "Meatless-Ära": The Beyond Burger attracts just as much attention, that you might think that he would be the first meat product on the German market. What distinguishes the new Burger of the other vegan barbecue and stir-fry dishes that already belong since years to the standard product range of most of the supermarket chains? A look at ingredients and nutritional values

What’s in the new Burger?

The Burger consists mainly of water, pea protein, canola oil, and refined coconut oil. The pea protein in the manufacturing process "by Heating, Cooling, and pressure in the same fiber structure as in meat protein findet", the Californian manufacturer is declaring, on his Website.

In addition, the Burger contains Cellulose (the main component of plant cell walls), potato starch, Maltodextrin (a carbohydrate mixture), yeast extract, salt, sunflower oil, vegetable Glycerin, dried yeast, gum Arabic, citrus extract, ascorbic acid, beet juice extract, acetic acid, succinic acid and modified food starch. Make a total of these ingredients, but only a share of about two percent from.

What nutrients and how many calories the Burger provides?

A Burger (113 grams) contains about 20 grams of fat, 20 grams of Protein and 5 grams of carbohydrates. Overall, it provides about 270 calories.

Is the Beyond burgers healthy?

The two main ingredients, pea protein and canola oil, have health benefits:

  • Rapeseed oil consists of valuable polyunsaturated fatty acids and contains little saturated fatty acids (in contrast to Beef, the main ingredient of real burgers).
  • Pea protein provides the body with all the so-called essential amino acids, all protein-building blocks that it needs but does not produce can. Some of these amino acids, however, contain such a small proportion that Vegans should also take other sources of protein (e.g. potatoes, Tofu and whole grain cereals).

Recommended is the Beyond Burger for people who want to lose weight: The fat and calorie content in comparison to unprocessed protein sources such as legumes or cabbage, are quite high. To prepare the Burger, as the packaging suggested – with white flour-bread, sauce, cheese and fries, he’s going to rule, right in fat, sugar and calorie bomb.

He is healthier than other meat products?

In the meantime, there are a great variety of meat-free burgers, cutlets, meatballs and sausages. What is the new Burger from many of the other vegan meat alternatives, is the protein base: The Beyond Burger consists of pea protein, the most comparable products contain protein from soy or wheat.

Peas are a good source of protein are, in principle, (see above). Soy protein is the body’s own protein, but similar to, the daily requirement of essential amino acids can be easier to cover. Wheat protein (Gluten), however, contains significantly less essential amino acids than pea protein, so it is a poorer source of protein.

What relates to his other recipe, is the new Burger is not great of comparable products from other manufacturers. He thus offers, on the Whole, the same health advantages and disadvantages of how traditional vegan Burger and chips:

  • He is in some ways healthier than meat burgers , and breaded cutlets,
  • but fewer vitamins and fiber and more calories than most unprocessed plant foods.


Online information of the German Federal centre for nutrition (BZfE): (retrieval date 29.5.2019)

Online information from the manufacturer: (retrieval date 29.5.2019)

Sommerfeldt, N., Zschäpitz, H.: The Meatless Era begins today at Lidl. Online-publication of the world: (status: 29.5.2019)

Timmler, V., Werner, K.: Meatless happy. Online-publication of the süddeutsche Zeitung: (status: 27.5.2019)

Gorissen, S. H. M., et al.: Protein content and amino acid composition of commercially available plant-based protein isolates. Amino Acids, Vol. 50, Iss. 12, pp 1685-1695 (December 2018)

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Stiftung Warentest: in the Veggie World. test 10/2016, p. 20-29