I tried this a few weeks ago but never got around to reviewing it. I have been so busy with my Criminology, Algebra, and Anatomy college courses that there has been no time for blogging…or much of anything else for that matter!
Beyond Meat sent me complimentary coupons to review their product so I shall get to it.
I have to say that I was quite excited to try this “grilled chik’n.” I am not vegetarian, though my diet contains a lot of fruit and vegetables, yet this product looked intriguing to me. Vegetables with the filling flavor of protein…sounds interesting to me.
First, before I go to the flavor, I will discuss the nutritional facts of this product:
I did not realize the ingredients of the product until I reached my house. It is not like me to not read labels…hence my brother naming me the “food police” After reading all those ingredients, despite the non-GMO label, I proceeded to try it only because I felt obligated to the company to do so. Not to mention, although I have heard so much about Beyond Meat, I have yet to find reviews on this product from actual consumers.
Curiosity killed the cat!
It looks to me that nearly all of these ingredients are made by people in white coats…and no, they do not wear large hats (a.k.a. chef hat).
The nutrition label is not too bad. It has plenty of protein, calcium, iron, no sugar, no cholesterol, moderate sodium….it is all those ingredients that bug me.
- Chicken flavor? Obviously because this product is vegan, it has nothing to do with real chicken.
- Soy protein isolate, yeast extract, maltodextrin…possible hidden MSG
Would I buy this again? Probably not. What if I were vegan? I have no intention of going vegan anytime soon (I love greek yogurt way to much) but that would boil down to the flavor…
Second part… the flavor. The strips reminded me of fingers with brown stripes when I took them out of the package. I stuck them in the microwave for a few seconds and they smelt horrible…I don’t know how to describe it, just horrible. A little repulsed, I proceeded to make chicken salad out of these rubbery fingers–I mean strips.
I took the first bite and almost gagged. The texture was all wrong. It was not like chicken, I felt as if I was biting into dense rubber. The flavor was odd, it was not necessarily flavorless, it was just a little sickening. Thankfully, I only cooked a serving and was able to swallow it–the bread and mayo helped mask the flavor, just not the texture.
I don’t recommend anyone try this product. It was just gross. It is a cool concept if it could be perfected, but now I understand why I have failed to find reviews on it. Before trying the chicken, I was considering attempting the beyond burgers, but I am not even interested in those anymore. I find it hard to believe many people actually enjoying this, instead I would think that people assume that it is healthier than chicken and so eat this instead.
My advice? Go for chicken. Yes, it may have more fat and cholesterol, but at least it is natural!
I thank Beyond Meat for sending me coupons and hope that they will take into consideration possible reformulating this product to have less lab ingredients and more real ingredients. Also, to improve upon that texture and flavor-less-ness .