Wait! Think twice before eating that kale and quinoa burger

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Wait! Think twice before eating that kale and quinoa burger

Going vegan is more eco-friendly, but plant-based foods are often more processed than meat alternatives

Sue Quinn

If you’re a vegan, chances are you stopped eating animal products for the sake of the environment and your health. But is it possible the world’s fastest-growing consumer trend could actually damage, not improve, your health?

No one disputes that eating more fruits, vegetables, wholegrains and nuts is good for us and reduces the risk of chronic diseases. But scientists and nutritionists are concerned that increasingly popular “fake meats” and vegan fast foods may be less healthy than their meaty alternatives.

According to consumer analysts Kantar Worldpanel, British shoppers spent £474m on meat-free groceries including burgers, sausages, ready meals and cooking ingredients in 2019, an increase of 8% on the previous year. This doesn’t include sales of vegan fast food, which are also skyrocketing...

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