Robert Downey Jr. is backing a vegan bacon company. The actor’s investment arm is one of several investors in alternative protein company Atlast Food.

Atlast creates “whole-cut” plant-based bacon from mycelium, the root structure of mushrooms. After growing and harvesting mycelium, the company creates a full slab of product that is then sliced like bacon, the company shared that mycelium fibers grow in a way that’s similar to animal tissue. Atlastraised $40 million in its Series A funding round.

Advertisement

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Atlast Food Co. (@atlastfoodco)

Advertisement

“We chose bacon as an entry point to the whole cut meat market because it is a cultural touchstone for so many consumers,” said Stephen Lomnes, president of Atlast Food Co in Meat + Poultry. “We set out to make a plant-based bacon that imitates the salty sweet experience of pork bacon without the negative trade-offs. We’ve heard from our consumers that they love cooking MyBacon strips because it is cleaner and healthier than traditional pork-based bacon.”

Below are some of our favorite recipes for plant-based bacon:

Advertisement

The company is working on a range of meats using mushrooms and testing whole cuts of meat alternatives to chicken, fish and beef.

Downey Jr. isn’t the only one investing in alternative meats, Mark Cuban has also invested in the space.

Advertisement

Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home

Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health, and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects

For those of you interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.

Here are some resources to get you started:

For more Animal, Earth, Life, Vegan Food, Health, and Recipe content published daily, subscribe to the One Green Planet Newsletter! Lastly, being publicly-funded gives us a greater chance to continue providing you with high-quality content. Please consider supporting us by donating!

Advertisement