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Sunday, August 23, 2020
HEMP AND CRICKET BURGERS FOR PROTEIN
"If you thought pea protein was weird, you might want to sit down for this. The next wave of alternative burgers could be made from hemp, mung beans or even crickets.
As the plant boom attracts consumers and investors, the pea -- the preferred protein source for companies like Beyond Meat Inc. -- is facing some challengers. Critics say the legume isn't the nutritional powerhouse that proponents claim it is, while others say alternatives could offer better taste.
"Pea protein does have one weakness and that is that it's not actually nutritionally equivalent to the protein that's in dairy -- it's not even equivalent to the protein that's in soy," said Johann Tergesen, chief executive officer of Burcon NutraScience, which is opening a plant-protein facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Peas also have a strong "bean-like" taste along with a chalky texture, he said."