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Company Claims Man Made Eggs Better Than Natural Eggs From Chickens

Just when I think I’ve seen it all. San Francisco food producer, Hampton Creek Foods, recently announced their plans to start offering “chicken-less” eggs.

Yes, that’s right eggs not produced by chickens, but rather what they claim to be a superior product made from plant based vegetarian protein sources and natural gums.

Their premise is that consuming natural eggs from chickens is unsustainable as a global food source and man made eggs would be a healthier, more viable option.

In today’s post we’ll dig into their product called “Beyond Eggs” and I’ll provide my two cents for what it’s worth.

More after the jump…

So what’s behind the push to offer up an alternative to natural eggs made by chickens?

Josh Tetrick, CEO of Hampton Creek Foods began considering alternatives after assessing the carbon emissions caused by raising chickens, hormonal additives, and poor treatment of the chickens kept in cramped conditions.

His quest…make an egg alternative that would be better for the environment, provide the same nutrition as real eggs, and taste similar as well.

The product “Beyond Eggs” is made from vegetarian plant sources such as sunflower lecithin, canola, peas, and natural gums. Apparently the product has the ability to whip into foam or coagulate into gel just like a real egg.

I can’t verify any of this as in full disclosure I’ve not tried them. Just saw the press release at the end of last week. I did do a little homework on the product however.

Supposedly the Beyond Eggs product can be cooked up the traditional ways like you would with scrambled eggs, making an omelet, etc. It can also be used as a substitute in recipes and baked goods.

The other qualities about the Beyond Eggs product that the manufacturer promotes are:

- increased food safety
- cholesterol free
- allergy free
- better sustainability for the environment

Here is a link to more information about Beyond Eggs from the company’s website:

Personal Commentary

I’m sure there will be vegans and vegetarians who will undoubtedly be excited about this new product and look to add them to their diets. While I’m not vegan or vegetarian, I certainly respect those who are and understand the appeal of a “chicken-less” egg.

Let’s just say in my personal opinion, there’s not much wrong with the egg in the way nature provides it. Sure, I’m not so keen on farm raised chickens being kept in cramped cages and shot full of hormones and antibiotics. I simply refuse to eat the standard commercial eggs produced this way. It’s bad for the chickens and not so healthy for us as the end consumer. No arguments there.

I believe that spending a little more for organic eggs from free-range chickens is worth every penny. They also taste far better in my opinion. I’ve gone into detail on my position of natural eggs being bad for your health due to the cholesterol content in previous posts, so I won’t get on my soapbox again here.

Reference the post below for more information:

Study Claiming Eggs Being As Harmful As Cigarettes Is Complete Nonsense.”

Simply put, if you have no issues with eating a natural egg from a free-range chicken, I see no great benefit with switching to a man made version. If anything my gut tells me there may be “unintended consequences” with consuming something developed in a lab and not by nature.

Call me old fashioned or whatever, but I’m not so sure we can “improve” on a God given natural food. It seems like every time we try to improve our food sources the further away from health we get.

Genetic modification of grains is an example of man apparently improving a food source and making things “better” for sustaining a growing global population. I’m just not so sure there won’t be unintended consequences here either.

I understand there are complex issues with the environment, sustainability, treatment of animals, and a host of other factors related to our food. There’s no single, simple, solution here.

Each of us will do in our hearts what we feel is best. I for one just won’t be ditching my natural eggs anytime soon. Organic free-range eggs will continue to be my personal choice, but let me know what you think if you decide to try the Beyond Eggs product.

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