Will You Eat a Plant-Based Steak After Seeing How a 3D Printer Builds One?

It has been said that you can enjoy sausage but don’t want to see how it’s made.

Then you would rather extrude your “meat” out of a nozzle in the laboratory?

More specifically, would such a food be as tasty and nutritious as the original product it is trying to oust?

Redefine Meat, an Israeli startup, is one of the latest companies trying to sell plant-based alternatives to real meat. According to Reuters, the company announced a partnership last week that will see its products distributed across Europe.

In particular, Redefine Meat is attempting to introduce its Steak Cuts: an offering that is neither real steak nor sliced. The meat analog is made using 3D printing. Layer upon layer of plant-based biomass is laid on until something is finished, roughly the size and shape of a real steak.

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Reuters has released a video showing the process in action.

It’s all very impressive. A technician uses a touch screen to select cut, marbling, tenderness and amount of fat. From there, the 3D printer builds the so-called steak individually, layer by layer.

It’s also very expensive. The “meat” — made from soy proteins, beetroot, coconut oil, and other plant-based materials — sells for $40 a kilogram. That’s significantly more than the average all-beef steak you can buy at your local grocery store.

Would you try a 3D printed steak?

But that doesn’t stop activists from vegans to climate change extremists demanding that people switch to an all-plant-based diet absolutely free of animal products.

However, in terms of human nutritional needs, this might not be the wisest way to go.

A 2021 study found that under the succulent-looking facade, plant-based alternatives lack nutrients that are typically easily found in products from grass-fed animals. Beef is rich in many proteins, antioxidants, vitamins and other substances necessary for a healthy diet.

However, the study found that the plant-based substitutes had higher levels of other nutrients than the ground beef. Researchers suggested that real meat and plant-based substitutes could be complementary rather than one product predominating.

Plant-based food advocates continue to claim that their non-animal product “meat substitute” is as good, if not better, than the original. And they are increasingly insisting that people avoid real meat products.

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But the free market rejects this notion. At the beginning of this year, McDonald’s presented its “McPlant” at selected locations. Beyond Meat’s all-plant patty was said to be just as delicious as a standard McDonald’s burger. However, customers disagreed and the item was removed.

Beyond Meat just announced massive layoffs and the departure of three executives.

In addition to the question “Is this still tasty?”, plant-based substitutes are credited by some with the “wake-up” quality: a turn-off for many disgusted by “progressive” politics. Cracker Barrel received backlash after offering “Impossible Sausage” because some customers believed the company was selling itself to the left.

To make matters worse, some authorities in the field believe that plant-based “meat” relies too heavily on chemicals and genetically engineered ingredients to give the product the look and taste it desires.

Ultimately, this is a matter ideally left to the customers. If people don’t want real meat to be replaced with plant-based products, they shouldn’t be forced to buy and consume them. It must not be an issue that governments, multinational corporations or people like Bill Gates decide on.

If you’re determined to have fake beef and pork, remember this: The Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Burger Barbecue Food Set is currently selling for twelve dollars. It’s cheaper than plant-based “meat,” and since Play-Doh is flour-based, it may be just as nutritious.

https://www.westernjournal.com/will-eat-plant-based-steak-seeing-3d-printer-builds-one/ Will You Eat a Plant-Based Steak After Seeing How a 3D Printer Builds One?

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