13 Best Packaged Meat Substitutes

List Updated August 2020

Bestselling Packaged Meat Substitutes in 2020


Veggie Jerky, Hot & Spicy, 4 oz.. 2 pack

Veggie Jerky, Hot & Spicy, 4 oz.. 2 pack
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Cha Do Tea Time Snack
  • Made from Non-GMO Soybean Protein
  • No Preservatives. No MSG

Neat Variety Pack (Pack of 6)

Neat Variety Pack (Pack of 6)
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • The variety pack includes 2 of each flavor, original - italian - mexican
  • A healthy replacement for meat derived from nuts and other natural ingredients
  • 100% vegetarian; Soy free; Gluten free; Guilt free
  • Add water and two eggs to a package of neat and mix well; Brown just like ground beef on medium in a non-stick skillet for seven minutes; Serves 4 to 6
  • Serve in place of ground beef for meatballs, lasagna, pasta sauces and more

Dixie Diners' Club - Beef (Not!) Ground (1 lb bag)

Dixie Diners' Club - Beef (Not!) Ground (1 lb bag)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Vegan / Vegetarian meat substitute
  • Free from animal products
  • Gluten Free
  • Low Fat & Low Sodium
  • Non-GMO Soy

Neat Vegetarian Mix Variety 5.5 Ounce Packs: Original, Italian, Mexican (1 of each)

Neat Vegetarian Mix Variety 5.5 Ounce Packs: Original, Italian, Mexican (1 of each)
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020

Harmony Valley Vegetarian Hamburger Mix, 5.7-Ounce (Pack of 6)

Harmony Valley Vegetarian Hamburger Mix, 5.7-Ounce (Pack of 6)
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Description: HAMBURGER MIX,VEGETARIAN Quantity: 6 Size: 5.7 OZ Brand: Harmony Valley
  • Attributes: Kosher, Vegan, (Please check the manufacturer's details for contents as we are unable to guarantee ingredient details and they may change without notice).

Loma Linda - Plant-Based - Fried Chik'n with Gravy (13 oz.) - Kosher

Loma Linda - Plant-Based - Fried Chik'n with Gravy (13 oz.) - Kosher
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Kosher / Vegetarian
  • Made with vegetable protein, egg whites, and potato flakes
  • High in protein and low in fat
  • Pre-cooked and 100% vegetarian
  • Heat and serve. Great with mashed potatoes, stir fries or even on sandwiches!

Dixie Diners' Club - Chicken (Not!) Strips, 1 lb bag

Dixie Diners' Club - Chicken (Not!) Strips, 1 lb bag
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Vegan / Vegetarian meat substitute
  • Free from animal products
  • Gluten Free
  • Low Fat & Low Sodium
  • Non-GMO Soy

Chef-Man Vegan Meals Ready to Eat For Vegetarians, Mexican Vegan Strips, Gluten Free, Pre cooked, Pre seasoned, Non GMO, Shelf Stable, non perishable, All natural, Meat free, Soy protein, OU Certified

Chef-Man Vegan Meals Ready to Eat For Vegetarians, Mexican Vegan Strips, Gluten Free, Pre cooked, Pre seasoned, Non GMO, Shelf Stable, non perishable, All natural, Meat free, Soy protein, OU Certified
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Chef-Man ready-to-eat meals go anywhere you go; No refrigeration or preparation required, just open and enjoy
  • Chef-Man products are 100% vegan meals, Non-GMO, Gluten Free, High in protein
  • Dairy Free, OU Kosher certified, FDA approved, ISO approved,
  • Chef-Man products come in 6oz trays, 17-20g protein per 6oz tray,
  • Nut Free plant, Microwaveable, Heat & Eat in 60 seconds, No Cooking required

Neat Italian Mix, 5.5 Ounce

Neat Italian Mix, 5.5 Ounce
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • A healthy replacement for meat derived from nuts and other natural ingredients
  • 100% vegetarian; Soy free; Gluten free; Guilt free
  • Add water and two eggs to a package of neat and mix well; Brown just like ground beef on medium in a non-stick skillet for seven minutes; Serves 4 to 6
  • Serve in place of ground beef for meatballs, lasagna, pasta sauces and more
  • Ingredients include pecans, garbanzo beans, white beans, gluten free whole grain oats, sea salt and spices

Dixie Diners' Club - Beef (Not!) Strips, 1 lb bag (Pack of 2)

Dixie Diners' Club - Beef (Not!) Strips, 1 lb bag (Pack of 2)
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Vegan / Vegetarian meat substitute
  • Free from animal products
  • Gluten Free
  • Low Fat & Low Sodium
  • Non-GMO Soy

Vegan Burger (9 Servings): Vege Caliente

Vegan Burger (9 Servings): Vege Caliente
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020

Vegan Burger (9 Servings): Viva Italiano

Vegan Burger (9 Servings): Viva Italiano
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020

Loma Linda - Plant-Based - Prime Stakes (47 oz.) - Kosher

Loma Linda - Plant-Based - Prime Stakes (47 oz.) - Kosher
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
  • Kosher / Vegetarian
  • Made with vegetable protein and egg whites
  • Excellent source of plant protein
  • 100% vegetarian and low in fat with no cholesterol
  • Meatless alternative to beef steaks

Vegans, Vegetarians, Fish and Meat Eaters: Which Diet is Best for Minimizing Risk of Disease and Death?

Vegans, Vegetarians, Fish and Meat eaters: Which diet is best for minimizing risk of disease and death?

To answer the question proposed in the title, today I'll look at the results of the Oxford Vegetarian study, in which risk for all-cause mortality, ischemic heart disease and malignant neoplasms was determined (Appelby et al. 1999). 6000 vegetarians and 5000 non-vegetarians were recruited, and, all participants were further divided into 4 groups: vegans, defined as those who never ate animal products; vegetarians, who never ate meat or fish but did eat dairy products, eggs, or both; fish eaters, who ate fish but no meat; and meat eaters (who ate meat more than once per week).

All groups consumed the same amount of total calories. However, when comparing individual macronutrients, vegans had the lowest protein (3.3% of total calories less than meat eaters) and fat intake (4.6 % less), but they made up for this difference by having a higher carbohydrate intake (9.5%), relative to all other groups. A similar dietary pattern was found in vegetarians, when compared with both fish and meat eaters.

A decreased total cholesterol/HDL ratio (TC/HDL) was found in vegans, when compared with vegetarians, fish and meat eaters The TC/HDL ratio has been shown to be a strong independent predictor for the development of peripheral arterial disease (PAD, Ridker et al. 2001), a disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries that carry blood to the head, organs, and limbs. In vegans, TC/HDL = 2.88; in vegetarians, 3.25; fish eaters, 3.21; meat eaters 3.56. Based on these results, the incidence of ischemic heart disease was predicted to be 57% lower in lifelong vegans and 24% in lifelong vegetarians than in meat eaters.

Significant associations between individual dietary components and risk of death from ischemic heart disease was also determined in the cumulative study group (11,000 subjects). For example, eating up to 5 eggs per week did not significantly increase mortality risk, but eating 6+ eggs per week increased risk by 270%. Eating cheese (excluding cottage) up to 4 times per week did not increase mortality risk, but eating cheese more than 5 times per week increased mortality risk by 247%. Relative to the lowest intake of animal and saturated fat, mortality risk was increased by 329% and 277%, respectively, in the highest tertile. Similarly, those in the highest tertile of dietary cholesterol had a 353% increased mortality risk, relative to the lowest tertile. In other words, high amounts of eggs cheese, animal and saturated fat were found to be associated with increased risk of death from ischemic heart disease.

References:
Appleby PN, Thorogood M, Mann JI, Key TJ. The Oxford Vegetarian Study: an overview. Am J Clin Nutr. 1999 Sep;70(3 Suppl):525S-531S.

Ridker PM, Stampfer MJ, Rifai N. Novel risk factors for systemic atherosclerosis: a comparison of C-reactive protein, fibrinogen, homocysteine, lipoprotein(a), and standard cholesterol screening as predictors of peripheral arterial disease. JAMA. 2001 May 16;285(19):2481-5.

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