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This Burger Can Change the Planet and Has Us Truly Obsessed

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author image Jess Barron
Jess Barron is head of editorial at LIVESTRONG.COM.She has appeared on MSNBC's "The Most," ABC News Now, and XM satellite radio. Barron's writing has appeared on Wired.com, Yahoo! and Poprocks.com.
This Burger Can Change the Planet and Has Us Truly Obsessed
The menu for LIVESTRONG's Impossible Burger dinner. Photo Credit LIVESTRONG.COM

The LIVESTRONG.COM team recently tried the Impossible Burger, and we were all beyond impressed! Only available in less than ten restaurants worldwide, the Impossible Burger is an entirely plant-based burger with the texture and flavor of an incredibly delicious hamburger. It's called the “Impossible Burger” because it has achieved an impossible feat – looking, sizzling, and even bleeding like meat.

Scientists at Impossible Foods engineered this burger using the molecule called "heme" that has the texture and flavor of blood. Heme can be extracted from soy plants. They also used flakes of coconut oil that sizzle like fat when the burger is cooked on a grill.

The Impossible (Vegan) Burger

The Crossroads Kitchen burger sizzles like a beef patty but this American classic is 💯 vegan (via Impossible Foods)

Posted by LIVESTRONG.COM on Monday, March 6, 2017

As someone who hasn't eaten meat for the past two years for ethical and environmental reasons, this burger surpassed all my expectations. It actually had the taste, look and feel of eating an In'N'Out cheeseburger.

The Impossible Burger could actually convince committed meat-eaters to choose this more eco-friendly and mouthwateringly delicious option in place of a hamburger made with beef. This could have an incredibly positive impact on the planet.

As delicious as meat can be, it leaves a deep environmental footprint in its wake. Compared to cows, the Impossible Burger uses 95% less land, 74% less water, and creates 87% less greenhouse gas emissions. And if that wasn't enough, it’s also 100% free of hormones, antibiotics, and artificial ingredients. As the environmental impact of meat becomes increasingly apparent, it’s imperative to develop alternative sources of protein that offer a healthier future for the planet and for our bodies.

LIVESTRONG.COM gives you the blueprint to simple healthy living, and a key component of that is helping our readers to discover new food breakthroughs that may help us to make better choices. We are what we eat, after all.

We treated healthy eating social influencers and LA-based food journalists to an intimate dinner with Chef Tal Ronnen at Crossroads Kitchen on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles to try Ronnen's version of The Impossible Burger. Attendees included My Nguyen of @MyHealthyDish_, Jordan Younger of @thebalancedblonde, and Kelly Leveque of @BeWellByKelly.

This event was the first of our brand new “Future of Food" chef dinner series. At upcoming dinners over the next year, we'll be exploring food trends, healthy eating, forward-thinking chefs and scientific breakthroughs through a series of intimate dinner parties.

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