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Are frozen processed meat burger patties all meat? Not all.

Various brands of frozen processed meat (example, beef and chicken) burger patties sold in supermarkets are made with a combination of meat and textured soy protein.

Textured soy protein, also known as textured vegetable protein, is derived from soybeans and is high in protein content, making it an excellent alternative to meat for vegans. Textured soy protein is the protein that remains after removing the other components from the whole soybean, example oil, which is sold as soybean oil. Nutritionally, textured soy protein contains little fat and is cholesterol free. However, consumers who are allergic to soy should avoid consuming it.

In reality, textured soy protein, a byproduct resulting from processing of soy products, is a lower cost alternative to meat.

Here’s one tip for becoming a savvy shopper. When shopping for frozen processed meat burger patties, read the ingredient list and know exactly what your dollar is paying for. There are brands of frozen processed meat burger patties that are made with a combination of meat and textured soy protein and others, just meat with no textured soy protein. The choice is purely yours to make.

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