NEW WILMINGTON, Pa -- What some of our staffers were munching on was a small sample of the new Impossible Whopper from Burger King. One of many veggie-based burgers you can buy at places like Burger King or your local grocery store. But how does companies like Impossible Foods make their product taste like the animal equivalent? Eloise Stevens is a reference librarian here at Westminster and is also a vegetarian herself; she explained some of the science behind the food.
“They take this heme-iron, found in soybeans, and grow a lot of them with a lot of that iron in them, which gives the plant a very meaty taste that we all know and love; then they mix that with some other plant-based ingredients to make the plant-based patty.”
In simpler terms, Impossible takes your average soybean, cranks the heme-iron up to 10, extract it, and turns it into the patty we saw earlier. So now that we kind of understand how the impossible whopper is created, let’s see what others think.
“This tastes just like a burger,” says Natalie Fox.
“It tastes pretty good, like a burger,” said Sam Craig.
“It looks and tastes like a burger, and it’s nice that there is another choice for people that are vegetarian,” says Hayley McGuigan.
Some of the ingredients that make up this veggie patty include Water, Soy Protein Concentrate, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Potato Protein, Yeast Extract, and Salt. Obviously this veggie food craze is pretty big if fast food is getting involved, but does it have staying power, and should one invest in this? And what convenience does a fast food veggie burger offer? Eloise Stevens says that while she hasn’t tried the new Impossible Whopper as of yet, it is definitely something to keep in mind when she goes on road trips to visit family, especially considering that it's a convenience for vegetarians.