What are the Plant Based Meat Ingredients?

Trending now, PLANT-BASED dieting, but there are many questions being asked, such as, “What are the plant based meat ingredients?” and “Is plant based meat products good for you?

I’m here to share with you the answers to some of these questions in this article along with a few others.

Please join me in this deeply searched “trending now in 2019“, topic about plant based foods, including what they are, if they help with weight loss, some meat substitutes, protein replacements, and more.


What are the Plant Based Meat Ingredients?

What are the Plant Based Meat Ingredients?


It’s totally amazing that 100% meatless products can look like meat, taste like meat, and have the same texture as meat.

How they do it, is beyond my imagination!

Take a look at these substitute hamburgers, taco meat, and sausage:


Plant-Based hamburger patty

Plant-Based hamburger

Plant-based Beyond Beef Crumbles

Plant-Based Tacos with Beyond Beef Crumbles


Beyond Sausage

Beyond Sausage - Plant-Based


So, the big question you’ve been waiting for is;


What are the Plant Based Meat Ingredients?


The ingredients vary between different companies, although they are still plant-based meats.

Beyond Burger Substitute Meat Ingredients:



  • Water
  • Pea protein isolate
  • Canola Oil
  • Refined Coconut oil

Minimal amounts of these ingredients:

  • Potato starch
  • natural flavor
  • Yeast extract
  • Beet juice extract, for color
  • Rice protein
  • Cocoa butter
  • Mung bean protein
  • Methylcellulose
  • Apple extract
  • Salt
  • Potassium Chloride
  • Lemon juice Concentrate
  • Sunflower Lecithin
  • Pomegranate fruit powder




Impossible Burger Substitute Meat Ingredients:

  • Water
  • Soy protein concentrate
  • Conconut oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Natural flavors
  • Potato protein
  • Methylcellulose
  • Yeast extract
  • Cultured dextrose
  • Food starch modified
  • Soy Leghemoglobin
  • Salt
  • Soy protein isolate
  • Mixed tocopherols (Vitamin E)
  • Zinc Gluconate
  • Thiamine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1)
  • Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C)
  • Niacin
  • Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6)
  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
  • Vitamin B12

(See video and printable recipe further down for the Impossible Burger!)



B4Burger – Before the Butcher, Burger Substitute Meat Ingredients:


  • Water
  • Soy protein concentrate
  • Expeller pressed canola oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Isolate soy protein
  • Soy flour methylcellulose
  • Yeast extract (Yeast extract, salt)
  • Natural Red Color (Beet juice, Annato Glycerin)
  • Natural flavor (yeast extract, maltodextrin, salt natural flavors medium chain triglycerides)
  • Acetic acid
  • Grill flavor
  • Beet juice powder
  • Caramel color
  • Citric acid



List Plant Based Foods

Printable PDF “Plant-Based Foods”

List Plant Based Foods for Weight Loss


The list I’m going to provide is for plant based foods that are also great for any meatless weight loss diet.

Maybe this list can help get you started out right during your weight loss journey without meat.



(This is just some fruits that are plant based; there are many more)

  • Berries
  • Citrus fruits
  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Pineapple
  • Bananas


  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Asparagus
  • Peppers

Starchy Vegetables:

  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Butternut squash

Whole Grains:

  • Brown rice
  • Rolled oats
  • Farro
  • Quinoa
  • Brown rice pasta
  • Barley

Healthy Fats:

  • Avocados
  • Olive oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Unsweeteded coconut


  • Peas
  • Chickpeas
  • Lintils
  • Peanuts
  • Black beans

Seeds, nuts and nut butters:

  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Natural Peanut butter
  • Tahini

Unsweetened plant-based milks:

  • Coconut milk
  • Almond milk
  • Cashew milk
  • Soymilk
  • Oatmilk
  • Hemp Milk
  • Silk Protein (original, vanilla, and chocolate)

Spices, herbs and seasoning:

  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Turmeric
  • Curry
  • Black pepper
  • Salt


  • Salsa
  • Mustard
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Soy sauce
  • Vinegar
  • Lemon juice

Plant-based protein:

  • Tofu
  • Tempeh
  • Plant-based protein sources or powders with no added sugar or artificial ingredients



  • Coffee
  • Teas, hot or iced
  • Sparkling water
  • Vegetable juice (from fruits you juice yourself, nothing canned or bottled)
  • Supplement plant-based shakes like Vega One


Where to Get Plant-Based Foods, including Meat substitutes?


Beyond Meat;


Specializes in the production for meat replacements, including ground beef, sausage, and beef crumbles.

Beyond burgers looks, cooks, and gives you the satisfaction as beef would. It doesn’t have any GMO’s, soy, or gluten and can be found in most local supermarkets on the meat isle. (No Soy!)


Best Foods;


This company is all about sustainable sourced ingredients and recycled plastic packaging (Plastics Revolution). They focus on the production of condiments such as product lines of mayonnaise, ketchup, and other specialty sauces.

See below for details:


Different types of mayonnaise;

  • Real Mayonnaise
  • Extra Creamy Mayonnaise
  • Light Mayonnaise
  • Mayonnaise dressing with olive oil
  • Canola Cholesterol Free Mayonnaise dressing
  • Low Fat Mayonnaise Dressing
  • Avocado Oil Mayonnaise Dressing
  • Sunflower Oil Mayonnaise Dressing

Organic Mayonnaise:

  • Organic Mayonnaise
  • Organic Spicy Chipotle Mayonnaise
  • Organic Roasted Garlic Mayonnaise


Vegan Mayonnaise Substitute:

  • Vegan Carefully Crafted Dressing and Sandwich spread



  • Sweetened with honey


Specialty sauces including:

  • Dijonnaise Creamy Dijon Mustard
  • Tartar Sauce
  • Relish Sandwich Spread
  • Burger Sauce
  • Spicy Dipping Sauce

Impossible Burger;


Main focus is on meat replacements for ground beef.

The Impossible burger is now being served at Burger King nationwide, known at the “Impossible Whopper”.

The Impossible Whopper is 100% plant based with 0% Beef. It’s made up of mostly soy, protein, potato protein, coconut oil, sunflower oil, and heme.


Impossible Burger Recipe (Copycat)



Before the Butcher (UNCUT);


This company has a little wider variety for meat replacements than some other companies. They have products that range from beef burgers, chicken burgers, turkey burgers, and breakfast sausage.

Before the Butcher, UNCUT plant protein patties, are meaty but MEATLESS!

They offer a larger variety including 4 delicious burgers!

100% plant-based, high in protein, gluten-free and non-GMO foods.

  • UNCUT Burgers (plant-based w/soy)
  • UNCUT Savory Chicken Burgers (plant-based w/soy)
  • UNCUT Roasted Turkey Burgers (plant-based w/soy)
  • UNCUT Breakfast Sausage (plant-based)

Other UNCUT Products:

  • Burger – ground
  • Sausage – ground
  • Chorizo
  • Chicken Chunks
  • Beef Tips
  • Pulled Pork
  • Crumble
  • Sausage crumble

Unfortunately, Before the Butcher UNCUT products are not available in retail yet, but they claim they will be soon.

Although you may luck up and find their products in a restaurant near you.

On their website, there is a “Store Locator” option where you can put in your zip code to see where the products can be found.


Is Plant-Based Meat Actually Good for You?

Is Plant-Based Meat Actually Good for You?


Like everything else in life, when we think we find a great product or diet, when then find out it’s not perfectly healthy either…

So, there are a lot of healthy facts about plant-based dieting, although some products should be eaten in moderation.

It seems that many of the plant-based meat products are loaded with sodium and more fat (and sometimes higher in calories too); more so than, in the normal “real” beef/meat products.


Higher in Sodium, Fat, and Calories


Let’s take “Beyond Meat,” for example;


** (85%) Lean Ground Beef (4 oz)

16 gr fat

243 calories

75 mg sodium

** Beyond Burger (4 oz)

18 gr fat

250 calories

390 mg sodium

Also, there is soy in most of plant-based foods. In a lot of ways, soy has its nutritional benefits, but there are some concerns for having too much soy in the diet.


Concerns about Soy in Plant-Based Foods


Soy protein is one of the 1st several ingredients listed for plant-based meat. There are some beneficial factors derived from soybeans, but they can also have negative results.

Most meat substitutes contain soy protein, along with a lot of other beans.

Once blended together with seasonings and natural flavoring, they can become nicely beef like patties that have the look and texture as a real beef patty.

The concerns about soy is due from one of its components, isoflavone. Soy contains a lot of isoflavones, which activates the production of the hormone, estrogen.

The body naturally produces estrogen, but studies have shown isoflavones can disrupt the body’s natural levels of hormone production.


Don’t want SOY?

If you have issues or concerns about soy ingredients, you may want to check out Beyond Meats product line. As you can see from the meat substitutions with their listed ingredients earlier in this article, Beyond Meat products do not contain soy.


Health Benefits from soybean / Soy Milk


Soy milk is often known for being a replacement milk for lactose-intolerant people.

Soy milk is loaded with wholesome nutrients that give you multiple health benefits that include;

  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Cures Hypertension
  • Treats Type 2 Diabetes
  • Accelerates Weight Loss
  • Improves Cardiovascular Health

The list goes on..

The important thing to remember about soy, is to eat or drink it in moderation so it doesn’t cause any health problems along the way.

This is not meant to alarm you, but just to make you aware of certain concerns about soybean and soy protein.


Plant Based Recipes, Dinner Choices

Plant Based Recipes, Dinner Ideas

I’m not on a plant-based diet, but I’ve found some pretty awesome recipes on Noom’s Food Database.


Veggie Pita - Meatless

Veggie Pita

(on Noom’s App From Bicycling)

420 calories / Serving (makes 1 serving)


High-fiber, meatless option that replaces lost electrolytes.



  • 1/2 Whole-wheat pita
  • 2 tbsp Garlic hummus
  • 1 Black-bean burger
  • 1 slice reduced-fat Colby-Cheese cheese
  • 1/4 avocado (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup arugula
  • 3 tbsp shredded carrots

To Prepare:

Fill 1/2 of a wholewheat pita, with 2 tbsp garlic hummus, 1 black-bean burger (can substitute baked tofu or portobello mushrooms), 1 slice reduced-fat Colby-Jack cheese, 1/4 avocado (sliced), 1/4 cup arugula, and 3 tbsp shredded carrots.



Curry-Spiced Veggie Burgers

Curry-Spiced Veggie Burger

(from Eat Up Slim Down Annual Recipes 2008)

169 Calories / per servings (makes 6 servings)



  • 2 tbsp olive or canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds (crushed)
  • 1 1/2 cups white button mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked and drained chickpeas
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 3 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • flour


To Prepare:


  1. In a medium nonstick skillet over medium high heat, warm 1 tbsp of the oil. Add the onion, curry powder, coriander, and fennel.
  2. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 2 minutes, or until the onion starts to soften.
  3. Add the mushrooms. Stir to mix. Cover and cook for about 3 minutes more, or until the liquid is evaporated.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a food processor.
  5. Add the chickpeas. Pulse until well chopped.
  6. Transfer to a bowl. Add the carrot, walnuts, cilantro, salt, and pepper and mix well.
  7. Lightly dust hands with flour.
  8. Shape the mixture into six 4″ wide patties.
  9. In a large skillet over medium heat, warm the remaining 1 tbsp oil.
  10. Place the patties in the pan. Cook for about 4 minutes, or until browned on the bottom.
  11. Flip and cook for about 4 minutes longer, or until heated through.
  12. Serve on whole-wheat English muffin (optional, not part of the listed calories)




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Whole Foods Diet Plan vs Plant Based

Whole Foods Diet Plan & Vegan


Whole foods diet plan, plant based, and vegan diet plans are different. Generally, people who are on a plant-based diet plan primarily eat foods from plants.

Some plant based diets may also include small amounts of animal products.

Full-blown vegans only eat whole, plant-based foods completely eliminating all meat products. But, they also exclude anything and everything from there lives that came from an animal of any sort.

For example; a 100% vegan, wouldn’t own anything in fur, leather, wool, silk, or toiletries that were derived from or tested on animals.

To simplify things, here’s an easy way to look at it;


  • Meat & Poultry – avoid (for the most part they do not eat meat products, but not held to it entirely)
  • Seafood – avoid
  • Eggs & Dairy Products – avoid
  • Oils – Okay
  • Highly processed foods – Okay
  • Whole grains – Okay
  • Fruits, Veggies, & Starchy veggies – Okay
  • Legumes – Okay


  • Meat & Poultry – NO
  • Seafood – NO
  • Eggs & Dairy Products – NO
  • Oils – Okay
  • Highly processed foods – Okay
  • Whole grains – Okay
  • Fruits, Veggies, & Starchy veggies – Okay
  • Legumes – Okay

What's the Difference Between Plant-Based and Vegan?

What’s the Difference Between Plant-Based and Whole Foods?

The difference between plant-based and whole-foods dieting are fairly simple.

Eating a whole-food diet means eliminating heavily processed foods and eat more natural foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables.

The Noom Weight Loss program teaches everything you need to know about whole foods and foods that are considered over processed. They have a way of making it very easy to understand.

I recommend that you try Noom’s7-Day trial (CLICK HERE), to learn more about it; I wrote an article, “Best Weight Loss Program for 2019 – Noom offers a 7-Day Trial.”

That’s how I got started, but now I’m a member. 🙂

Sampled the Impossible Whopper


Authors Note

I hope you found this article interesting and informative. Sometimes dieting in general can get confusing, not knowing which diet to try and what is the healthiest way to lose weight.

Did I at least answer these two questions for you, clearly enough?

What are the plant based meat ingredients?


Is plant based meat products good for you?

If you still have questions or concerns, please do ask. I’ll do my best to answer them to the best of my knowledge.

I was pretty impressed with the “Impossible Whopper” from Burger King, as you can tell in my video.  The only thing I can advise is to ask for no mayonnaise or ask for a pack of mayonnaise instead.

They put way too much on mine.  I believe that sort of defeats the purpose of eating plant-based foods, don’t you think?

I would enjoy some feedback from those of you reading this content. Please leave comments, suggestions, and/or questions in the comment section down below.

Have you tried the Impossible Whopper from Burger King yet?  If so, I would like to know your thoughts about it.  🙂

Thanks for visiting my site. I look forward to hearing from you.


  • Sam Posted October 9, 2019 12:22 am

    I’ve been looking to go in this direction for health reasons. I now know more so that makes it easier. Informative read.

    • Devara Posted October 9, 2019 1:09 am

      Hi Sam,
      I’m glad that I can help. Eating less meat or no meat can have its many health benefits. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about plant-based dieting. If you would like, the article I wrote for “Best Clean Eating Plans Weight Loss Program with Noom” may help you get started with your new plant-based live style. In the article, I discuss many foods that are great for clean whole food eating.
      Best of health,

  • Amber Posted October 8, 2019 9:32 pm

    Thanks for all in the great information!
    Would you mind making a post with the measurements?
    I tried my first plant based burger “The Impossible Burger” in Phoenix AZ while I was out there visiting some family. I was super jealous I don’t have anything like that around my neighborhood, so it’s really good to know that I can purchase these online!
    The burger even bled like it was meat, I honestly couldn’t even tell the difference.
    Thanks for linking your YouTube videos!!

    • Devara Posted October 8, 2019 11:27 pm

      Hello Amber,
      You are very welcome! I’m glad you found something that interested you while you visited my site. To be honest with you, I haven’t made the burgers in the images on my article, so I didn’t have those recipes.
      Since you requested it though, I went on a search for them and found “Beyond Burger” & “Impossible Burger” videos and recipes. I added them to my article. Please check them out and let me know what you think!
      I had a hard time actually getting a copy of the “Beyond Burger” recipe, but luckily I was able to attach the recipe in a printable PDF for the “Impossible Burger”.
      I hope the recipe is as good as the burger you described in your comment! I can’t wait to try it, even though I’m not on a plant-based diet.
      The food looks so good! I never thought of “substitute” meat really looking and tasting like real beef. They even claim that the texture and smell are the same as real meat, and it “sizzles” when cooking! 🙂
      I have to admit though, after watching and comparing videos and recipes, the “Beyond Burger” looked the best to me.
      But, I can go to Burger King and get the “Impossible Whopper” anytime I want! I will surely be trying them both!
      Thanks for showing your interest and giving me great feedback. I look forward to hearing back from you.

      Best of health,

      • Devara Posted October 10, 2019 5:36 pm

        Hello Friends,
        I just wanted to let you know, as I said in my previous comment, I went to Burger King and tried one of their Impossible Whoppers. I was pretty impressed with the taste, texture, and smell. If I hadn’t known that it wasn’t beef, I wouldn’t have known it.
        My only complaint was that it had too much mayo on it, so if you try it, you might ask for the mayo on the side.
        Please watch my video if you didn’t get a chance to see it yet.
        Best of health,

  • Laura Alexander Posted October 8, 2019 8:58 pm

    Oh my goodness, I am so hungry looking at all of this delicious food! Absolutely fantastic recipes that I cannot wait to try. I didn’t think meatless food could look so good! Thanks

    • Devara Posted October 8, 2019 10:45 pm

      Hello Laura,
      I’m so glad you enjoyed your visit. Writing about all of this food made me super hungry too!
      I’m not personally a plant-based dieter, but the looks of those burgers has me very curious.
      I think I will have to try some new recipes!
      Upon Amber’s suggestion, I have found videos of people making the Beyond Burger and the Impossible Burger. I was even able to attach a printable PDF recipe for the Impossible Burger.
      Please take a look. 🙂
      Thanks for your thoughtful comment and feedback. I look forward to hearing from you again soon.
      Best of health,

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