Alternatives to animal protein can come with a variety of problems. They tend to be highly processed and require a lot of energy to create. But flavor is flavor. If you’re planning to sacrifice the carved turkey this holiday in the name of your (or someone else’s) ideals, you at least want to make sure you’re not sacrificing flavor, too. That’s why the Food section decided to convene a panel to taste some of the meat alternatives available for the Thanksgiving table. Here are the results of the six “meat analogue” products judged by a Food section panel. (Captions by Tim Carman)
VegeUSA's Vegan Whole Turkey Total score: 41 5th place Carnivore fear factor: High. Call it the Franken-turkey. The only thing missing are bolts in the neck. Appearance: When sliced on a plate, the fake bird was a marvel of food science: Its “skin” mimicked the golden-brown appearance of a freshly roasted turkey, even if the “white meat” interior had the texture of imitation crab meat. Judges’ comments: Erica Meier, executive director of Compassion Over Killing emphasized that, while not the best product we sampled, it was still a humane, “cruelty-free” choice for the holidays. To which Post food editorial aide Becky Krystal retorted, “It’s cruelty to serve it.” Travel writer Andrea Sachs spat out her portion. “It wasn’t worth swallowing,” she said. Where to find it: Available online: www.healthy-eating.com/product/vegan_ turkey. Servings: 25 Weight/Price: 96 oz./$49.99Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post
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