Beyond Meat's plant-based burgers are getting a new look

The new burgers have 60% less saturated fat than the previous version

Beyond Meat has announced an upgrade to its signature plant-based burgers, and the improvement is sure to get a thumbs up from those looking for healthier plant-based solutions. 

The new burgers, dubbed Beyond IV, are made with avocado oil rather than coconut or canola oil, cutting the saturated fat content in the burgers by 60% and the sodium by 20%. The burgers are also full of plant-based ingredients, like faba beans and red lentils. 

“Beyond IV represents a transformative step forward in delivering plant-based nutrition to the consumer in the form of meat,” said Ethan Brown, CEO and founder of Beyond Meat. “The development of new products occurred within an ecosystem of leading medical and nutrition experts, and were designed to meet the standards of national health organizations to create a product that delivers the taste, satisfaction, and utility of 80/20 beef – yet is demonstrably healthier.” 

What’s in the burgers?

The company explained that this redesign of its plant-based burgers took several years of research before perfecting. Now, they’re announcing Beyond IV, which has a number of key health components that earlier versions of Beyond burgers lacked: 

  • 230 calories per serving 

  • 21 grams of protein per serving, derived from peas, brown rice, red lentils, and faba beans 

  • 2 grams of saturated fat from avocado oil 

  • 20% less sodium than the previous version

  • No cholesterol

  • No added hormones or antibiotics

  • No GMOs

More protein, less fat

The company said that Beyond IV has more protein and 75% less fat than traditional beef that’s 80% lean meat and 20% fat. 

“Every ingredient in this fourth iteration was thoughtfully selected to bring the nutritional power of plants – from the heart-healthy monounsaturated fats in avocado oil, to the protein and fiber in peas, red lentils, faba beans, and brown rice,” Brown said. “There is goodness throughout Beyond IV, and we are excited to pass along these benefits to the consumer.” 

Consumers can expect to see Beyond IV in retailers across the country starting this spring. 

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