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Fast Food Veggie Burgers

Sam D. | Jun 3, 2003 11:46 PM

Has anybody tried a veggie burger at McDonald’s or Burger King? Except for In N Out, I’m not usually a fan of most fast food. These items sound interesting but nearly all the opinions I came across so far were discussions of the socio-ethical implications.

From what I read, McDonald’s just launched its new McVeggie Burger in So. California last month. The sandwich contains a soy-based patty, made in Canada by Yves Veggie Cuisine, a division of the Hain Celestial Group. It is served on a toasted whole-wheat bun with barbeque sauce, lettuce, tomato, slivered onions and pickles. It is supposed to contain 8 grams of fat and 350 calories, compared with the flagship Big Mac, which has 34 grams of fat and 590 calories.

The same news article also mentioned that last year Burger King added the BK Veggie Burger to its menu. Burger King's patty is quite different. It is composed of ground mushrooms, water chestnuts, brown rice, rolled oats, wheat protein and wheat gluten, carrots, onions, red and green peppers and potato starch. It contains 330 calories and 10 grams of fat, compared to the 800 calories and 50 grams of fat in a Whopper with cheese.

Interestingly, Burger King makes the disclaimer that neither the BK VEGGIE Burger or any other of its products meets the requirements of a vegan or vegetarian diet.

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