Novameat has created a plant-based steak that looks just like a whole cut of meat. The Spanish startup made the steak out of beetroot juice, peas and seaweed. The company uses a 3-D printing process to create the product.
Plant-based alternatives that mimic whole cuts of meat are notoriously tricky to master, according to CEO Giuseppe Scionti. Many plant-based alternatives, including the Impossible Burger, Impossible Pork and Beyond Meat, mimic ground meat as a base for products.
The Novameat steak has yet to be tested by consumers. According to the Guardian, Novameat plans to introduce the product to restaurants in Italy and Spain in 2020 and then scale up in 2021. The company creates the steak-like texture by using peas, seaweed and beetroot juice to create meat-like “fibers,” in the product. Novameat has received investment from a firm that has also invested in Beyond Meat, Memphis Meat and Most Meat.
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Scionti told the Guardian of the new product, “I started with steak I think because it is the holy grail of plant-based meat. It is the most difficult.” He said of the importance of plant-based meats and the environment, “We believe it is important to provide an alternative. This will help in the long term to decrease the need for land, water, energy and, of course, reduce the emissions coming from animal agriculture.”
Scientific research has proven the need to reduce meat and dairy consumption is crucial in cutting greenhouse gas emissions globally. Learn more about meatless products in One Green Planet, including the new Impossible Pork and why Dunkin’s chairman thinks plant-based options are here to stay. There are some great plant-based ways to make steak at home using with mushrooms, tofu, seitan, cauliflower and more! Here are some recipes:
- Vegan Steak and Eggs [Vegan],
- Portobello Mushroom Steaks [Vegan],
- Teriyaki Glazed Tofu Steaks [Vegan]
- Breaded Portobello Mushroom Steaks [Vegan]
- Spicy Lime Cauliflower Steaks [Vegan]
- 10 Terrific Meatless Steaks
Reducing your meat intake is also 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 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 meatless, plant-based, vegan and allergy-friendly 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 great resources to get you started:
- Weekly Vegan Meal Plans
- Plant-Based Health Resources
- Plant-Based Food & Recipes
- Plant-Based Nutrition Resources
- The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
- Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Recipes
- High Protein Plant-Based Recipes
- Plant-Based Meal Prep
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