Alternate Delicacies Unleashed
A meat alternative or meat substitute is a food product made from vegetarian or vegan ingredients, eaten as a replacement for meat. Meat alternatives are typically approximate qualities of specific types of meat, such as mouthfeel, flavour, appearance, or chemical characteristics. Vegan meat also called faux, fake, mock, meat analogues, or plant proteins are products that mimic certain qualities of animal-based meat-like textures, flavour, or appearance, for example. They are made from various ingredients such as soy, textured vegetable protein, or wheat gluten, to name a few. Most mock meats are plant-based products made using soya protein, wheat gluten or vegetable substitutes like jackfruit. The claim is that they are healthier as a result offering more nutritive value, more fiber, lower fat content, and no animal fat (which means also no cholesterol).
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While some still struggle to be rest assured if mock meat is healthy to eat and indulge in, the answer according to many sources is yes, according to new research funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. It found that imitation meats are a good source of fiber, folate and iron while containing less saturated fat than ground beef. But the researchers said they also have less protein, zinc, vitamin B12 and lots of salt. And also for the fact that The product that is so formed is similar in texture and consistency to the meat of a live animal. While the method checks the killing of animals, its meat is not considered vegan. This is different from mock meat, which is made from ingredients which are vegetarian. At the end of the day, some vegans eat plant-based meats simply because they taste good. Brands like Gardein, Beyond Meat, Tofurky, Morningstar, Sweet Earth, and more are working to make these tasty meats as accessible, delicious, and flexible as their animal-based counterparts which are well-known in the international markets.
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On a technical note, people also wish to find out that 5 Chemicals Lurking in Plant-Based Meats Tertiary butyl hydroquinone. TBHQ is a synthetic preservative that prevents discolouration in processed foods, Magnesium carbonate. Remember when some bread was accused of having a yoga mat chemical, Erythrosine, Propylene glycol and Ferric orthophosphate. The argument still remains if it can be considered healthier than real meat. since they can provide essential nutrients and fiber and may be lower in saturated fats than meat. However, they may contain lower levels of some nutrients, such as protein, vitamin B12, or zinc, than regular meat products.
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Talking about mock meat in India, simply refers to Mock meat is made of plant proteins processed to resemble meat in terms of texture, taste and palpability. While India’s meatless meat market was almost non-existent a few years ago despite 71% of the population eating non-vegetarian food, it is now slowly growing. To know in short how to mock meat? Spices and so-called aromatics are also on standby for replicating meaty taste. Opt for smoky choices like paprika, chipotle powder, cumin, or smoked sea salt. As for fresh ingredients to start a meat-like meal, Redmond recommends onions, leeks, shallots, garlic, and scallions.
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A common query by many foodies also includes what is the best substitute for meat? The healthiest meat substitute will be vegetarian foods that are natural, high in protein, and minimally processed. Great, healthy meat substitutes include beans, tempeh, lentils, jackfruit, mushrooms, nuts, and seeds. While it is also said that mock mutton is made up of gluten, what are mock meats and plant-based proteins? Mock meats have been around for ages in Asia, and they’re typically made from wheat gluten. You can find these traditional mock meats in the form of sausages, nuggets, spam, and minced meat. Mock meat, its growing appeal in India and claims about its health benefits. Multiple studies have shown that replacing animal meat with plant-based or ‘fake’ meat alone can cut down the risk of heart-related diseases, high blood pressure, cancer, and diabetes.
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On the other hand, we at times still wonder if plant based food healthy? A diet centred on plenty of whole, minimally processed plant-based foods is beneficial for our overall health. Plant foods like vegetables, fruit, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds are low in saturated fat, contain heart-healthy fats and are a great source of fibre. Today, mock meat brands are emerging in India, and are armed with numerous kinds of textured meat. You could literally replace meat in any recipe with mock meat and it will be the same. See which of these are available in your city. Ahimsa Foods produces a variety of vegan meat under their brand ‘Veggie Champ’.
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Here are a few of my recipes with mock meat trying out an array of simple to cook and dish out delicacies.
Recipe-1] MOCK MEAT PEPPER DELIGHT
Recipe-2] CURRIED MOCK MEAT WITH NUTS AND RICE
Recipe-3] MOCK MEAT TACOS
Recipe-4] MOCK MEAT BURGER
Recipe- 5] HEALTHY MOCK MEAT SOUP
Recipe-6] SPICY MOCK MEAT CURRY
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About the author
Dr. Kaviraj Khialani – celebrity master chef - is a Mumbai-based author, writer, academician, food –health-lifestyle coach, mentor & consultant.
He is specialized in over 33 International Cuisines & has worked with brands like the Taj Group of Hotels, Kuwait Airways to name a few. Chef Kaviraj has been awarded several Global and National Awards for his outstanding performance and achievements in his chosen field. He has been featured on Star Plus and Colors Television on several food shows as well.