By Melissa Breyer, Mother Nature Network American cheese, also known as pasteurized prepared cheese product.
All is fine and dandy with Willy Wonka's Three-Course Dinner Chewing Gum or the instant pizza from "Back to the Future." But over here in the real world, many food-science inventions have been created in the lab as imitation counterparts to real food items, and we're scarfing them down. Margarine for butter, saccharine for sugar, nondairy topping for whipped cream, to name a few - but are they actually improvements on the real thing?
Slate.com just ran a profile on the newest faux food on the block, Beyond Meat, the fake meat so good "it will freak you out." Says Ethan Brown, Beyond Meat's founder, "the long-term goal is to offer a product that can satisfy the world's growing, and largely unsustainable, demand for meat, especially in ballooning markets like India and China
Unlike most imitation food products, Beyond Meat doesn't include a shamefully long laundry list of artificial ingredients, just a few questionable ones (likeRead More »from The Dark Side of 5 Fake Foods