Burgers consist of a few basic ingredients that you can’t really mess up: the buns, the meat (usually beef), and the condiments. How you put them all together makes a difference, but they’re generally tasty, greasy, and maybe not so good for you. Pair this decadent meal with a nice pint of beer and you’ve probably got the perfect cheat meal.
If that sounds good enough to you, things may get even better for all burger and beer lovers out there. Healthier alternatives have popped up in recent years and vegan burgers and low-calorie beers may soon become your staple choice when it comes to getting your fill – all of the pleasure with none of the guilt.
THE BEYOND BURGER
Touted as the world’s first plant-based burger that not only looks just like meat, but tastes like it too, the Beyond Burger proves it packs a punch in the macronutrient department. Made primarily from peas, the burger meat contains no gluten, soy or GMOs, and contains 20 grams of muscle-building protein in every patty.
But why should you switch to a vegan burger?
According to a Harvard Medical School study of 120,000 people over a 28-year period, eating an additional amount of unprocessed red meat every day, about the size of a deck of cards, is linked to 13 percent higher risk of “total mortality”. Meanwhile, eating a serving of the processed variety daily was linked to a 20 percent increase. So, even if you do like your red meat, it may do you some good to try some alternatives once in awhile.
If you’re ready to give this vegan alternative a shot, the all-important question is: “Does it actually taste like meat?”
In short, yes it does. The Beyond Burger is about as close you can get to a real beef burger, minus the negative health and environmental effects associated with regular meat. The patty is remarkably similar to beef in terms of flavour, and if you want to go low-carb, you can skip the buns for a healthier upgrade. The only thing that was just off the mark was the texture, as it lacked the bite and mouthfeel of a real meat patty. But things look promising in the world of alternative meat, so you’ll probably get to try a vegan burger that tastes and feels exactly like the real deal sooner than you think.
The Beyond Burger is available now at $27++ at Lime Restaurant @ PARKROYAL on Pickering. For more info, visit https://www.panpacific.com/en/hotels-and-resorts/pr-pickering/dining/lime.html
Beer is often the beverage of choice when it’s time to wind down after a long week or celebrate a special occasion. Plus, few things go better with burgers than beer. Unfortunately, regular beer does come with its fair share of negative effects on your body thanks to its alcohol content.
A review in the journal Sports Medicine found that consuming alcohol affects your hormonal and inflammatory response to exercise. What this means is that your body will have a tougher time repairing your muscles after that tough weightlifting session at the gym.
Thankfully, Heineken has managed to get the best of both worlds, creating a non-alcoholic beer that’s low in calories, while supposedly tasting as close to regular beer as it can get.
According to Mr Andy Hewson, Managing Director of Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore (Part of the Heineken Company), “Heineken 0.0 is all-natural, low in sugar, brewed and not manufactured. While for example processed orange juice contains approximately 9g sugars per 100ml, Heineken 0.0 contains only 1.3g sugars per 100ml.”
At only 69 calories per 330ml bottle, we tried this non-alcoholic beer to test if it’s as good as it claims to be. Our verdict? It tastes a little lighter than the regular stuff, but otherwise, it’s just as good. Chances are you won’t even miss the normal version once you get your hands on this. You’ll get to enjoy the cool and refreshing taste of beer without worrying about your recent gym session going to waste.
Heineken 0.0 is available now. For more info, visit https://www.heineken.com/sg/heineken00/
A version of this article originally appeared in the May 2019 issue of Men’s Health Singapore.
By Gilbert Wong, Men’s Health Content Producer