The Most Advanced Fake Meat in the World Is Still Gross

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I've never understood the desire of some vegetarians to make their food resemble meat; it's creepy and seems to contradict their love of vegetables. Sadly, the practice shows now sign of stopping so, with some reluctance, I present to you the most advanced fake meat in the world.

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What you're looking at here is the product of the LikeMeat research project—a collaboration designed to make the meatiest fake meats the world has ever seen. From a rather wonderful press release:

"It looks like a cutlet, it's juicy and fibrous like a cutlet, and it even chews with the consistency of a real cutlet — but the ingredients are 100 percent vegetable."

But enough talk. I know you're dying to know how they make it. Oh boy, it sounds tasty:

"The main ingredients — water and plant proteins — are brought to a boil and slowly cooled down... As the temperature sinks, the protein molecules start to form chains. This gives rise to a fibrous structure that is quite similar to that of meat."

Yum. Sadly, the researchers are only able to produce 60 to 70 kilos of the meat substitute per hour at the moment, but Florian Wild, one of the team, reassures us that its "consistency and texture are already superb."

While I can't deny that a modest reduction in meat consumption might be a good thing for the planet, the solution isn't to eat the products of LikeMeat; the solution is just to eat a few more vegetables. In the meantime, fake meat might be more advanced, but it's still gross. [LikeMeat via Science Daily]

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DISCUSSION

wonderkrisp
wonderkrisp

"I've never understood the desire of some vegetarians to make their food resemble meat; it's creepy and seems to contradict their love of vegetables."

Really?

It's not that hard to grasp. People choose not to eat meat for a variety of reasons, and probably very rarely is it because they find meat itself gross.

Animal rights: Anyone who has a dog or a cat will tell you that these animals experience emotion and pain/pleasure just like you and me. Given the slaughtering/processing practices in this country, can you blame anyone for saying "You know what? I don't support that!"?

Processing: Speaking of the process, do you truly have any comprehension of how many antibiotics and steroids are pumped into livestock? Maybe some people— rightly so— don't feel that putting those things in their bodies is a good thing.

Those are two big ones, I think. I'm sure there are others.

But to have a completely uninformed opinion as to "Why would people what to make their food resemble meat" is, quite frankly, baffling. It shows a lack of basic understanding of views and beliefs outside your own.

End rant.

Edit: I would just like to point out that I am a dedicated meat-eater.