Many companies are adjusting their menus to accommodate vegan and vegetarian diets. New meat alternatives from companies like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods have made it easier than ever for companies to create plant-based versions of favorite menu items like burgers. Now, plant-based food has hit the top of the list as new healthy food trends for people to follow. 

What defines a plant based diet?

According to Harvard Health Publishing, a plant-based or a plant-based diet is a diet plan where you only eat foods that are primarily from plants. This includes not only fruits and vegetables, but also nuts, seeds, oils, whole grains, legumes, and beans. Many wonders are this the same as a vegan or vegetarian diet, and the answer is no. You’re not only limiting yourself never to eat meat or dairy. You are proportionately choosing more of your foods from plant sources.

Plant-based diets started like any other diet that’s out there for people who are trying to stay fit and healthy and keep their bodies in shape. Just like vegan and vegetarian products became everyone’s go-to now plant-based has come in and took over and become a phenomenon and a popular product sold in grocery stores and now even in fast food joints.

Yep, fast food places have hopped on the trend and began serving plant-based meals. Here are a few of your well known fast-food restaurants that have added a plant-based meal to their menus.

Burger King 

This popular fast-food chain has a burger called the Impossible Whopper. The burger made with a plant-based patty that supposedly tastes like beef.

Del Taco 

Del Taco had partnered with Beyond Meat (a Los Angeles based producer that makes plant-based meat, beef, and more) to create burritos, tacos, nachos, and even fries with a plant-based alternative. 

Hardee’s 

Hardee’s offers a selection of plant-based items on their menu like the Original Beyond Thickburger, the Beyond Sausage Burrito, Beyond Sausage Biscuit, and Beyond Sausage & Egg Biscuit.

KFC

Kentucky Fried Chicken, the home of all fried chicken, even has released plant-based protein. KFC has also partnered up with Beyond Meat to create their first-ever plant-based protein.

Even though these many more fast-food chains are going plant-based, does it mean it’s right for you? Are these meals healthy as they are claiming to be? We all have that day where we crave some Chick-fil-la fries or a high in calorie meal from McDonald’s, but that’s the thing we want high calories every once in a while. So, how can a place where the food is over 100 calories serve me something healthy, and it claims to be healthy and not have any other additives in it? 

In a recent article written by TODAY Bonnie Taub-Dix, registered dietician told TODAY Food that some of these burgers aren’t healthy, and that’s because of the number of calories, sodium, and saturated fat they have to make them have more of a meaty taste. 

So, the question remains, is this worth it, and are these fast-food chains putting something healthy on their menu? In my opinion, I don’t think so, and honestly, if you think about other things like the amount of salt or even the grease they cook, the meat has the right amount of calories. 

So, what do you think of these new additions to the menus, and do you think they add a spark of healthy to the menu? Maybe we will have to go out and try it ourselves.