So how tasty (and how healthy) is the first vegan burger from McDonald’s? BARNEY CALMAN and EVE SIMMONS get a sneak preview of the McPlant

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  • McDonald’s is launching a new McPlant in 250 restaurants on Wednesday
  • Ahead of official launch, McDonald’s tests product in Coventry
  • Barney Calman and Eve Simmons Were Invited to the Burger Exclusive Preview
  • Here’s Barney and Eve’s Argument on Whether Pea Protein Is a Good Substitute for Beef

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On Wednesday, McDonald’s will begin a nationwide rollout of its first vegetarian burger. The McPlant will be available in 18 cities and 250 restaurants, becoming a permanent part of McDonald’s menus everywhere starting January.

The chain quietly began a trial run a few weeks ago, serving it to customers in its Coventry branches, and fans of the burger are already flocking there to try it, with many taking to social media to give their overwhelmingly positive verdict. are.

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‘No, I didn’t walk 30 miles just to try macaques’ New #McPlant, why did you ask?’ One tweeted, with a picture of the said burger and several thumbs up.

Another said, ‘Yesterday I had my first #McPlant burger and now I can’t stop thinking about it.

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Barney Calman and Eve Simmons, pictured, both try McDonald’s new meat-free burger McPlant at a branch in East Finchley ahead of its official launch on Wednesday

The McDonald's McPlant with Cheese Deluxe has 200 fewer calories than the Quarter Pounder

The McDonald’s McPlant with Cheese Deluxe has 200 fewer calories than the Quarter Pounder

McPlant is based on the McDonald’s Quarter Pounder with Cheese Deluxe, but includes a patty developed in collaboration with vegetarian meat-alternative brand Beyond Meat to taste like a real beef burger. Like all Beyond Meat patties, it’s made from a pea and rice protein-textured ‘mince’, combined with starch, color and flavor (derived naturally from ingredients like beets, but highly processed It happens).

Vegan ‘Cheese’ is a combination of coconut and other oils, and emulsifiers.

A vegetarian burger sauce has been ‘taste matched’ with the tangy mayonnaise used in McDonald’s chicken sandwiches.

On Friday, McDonald’s invited MoS Deputy Health Editor Eve Simmons and me to its north London headquarters to try it.

And I can confirm that it tastes exactly like the real thing.

I have to admit, when I heard rumors that McDonald’s was developing a plant-based burger, I was intrigued. I don’t eat meat – I haven’t eaten for the past six years. I was fed up with reading scary headlines about beef products containing ground-up horses and chickens that were actually labeled organic from battery farms. I am not alone: ​​statistics show that British meat consumption has dropped by 17 per cent over the past decade.

5 million people signed up to be vegetarian this year – spending January eating an entirely plant-based diet. One thing I really miss is burgers – and in particular, McDonald’s. Its double cheeseburger was my favorite.

McDonald’s has turned into a fake-meat party of late. About a novelty a few years ago, beef-like patties can be found everywhere from Burger King to Harvester. McDonald’s took its time perfecting the formula ‘so it tastes like a McDonald’s burger,’ its food technologist explained while preparing our McPlants.

McPlant will be rolled out Wednesday in 18 cities and 250 restaurants before going nationwide in January

McPlant will be rolled out Wednesday in 18 cities and 250 restaurants before going nationwide in January

It was worth it: The McPlant hits all of McDonald’s sweet spots—the bun-to-burger ratio, the sweet touch of ketchup and sauce, the shredded lettuce and little bits of onion, and those gherkin slices.

Eve was less impressed. ‘Blend’ was his decision. ‘It doesn’t taste like beef. Fierce yet melted. The only thing that was really like the original is the sauce.’

She claims that she generally likes McDonald’s burgers, but admits that despite being a non-vegetarian, she doesn’t remember the last time she had it. So I am not convinced by his assessment.

Notably, Eve is one of the first British journalists to sample Beyond Meat’s burger — interestingly enough, it launched its fake-meat patty a few years ago at the technology trade show CES in Las Vegas, which she was covering at the time. She was not impressed then, and still is.

To test if I was imagining how confident McPlant was, I decided to give up my vegetarianism and order a Big Mac and Quarter Pounder. The Quarter Pounder Patty, interestingly, has a far more meaty peppery flavor than the Bic Mac Patty.

Taste-wise, I think you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between a Big Mac and a McPlant. You can also benefit your health with McPlant: At just 450 calories, about 200 fewer than the meat version, it’s practically a diet food.

As we’ve highlighted in the past, this isn’t always the case with vegetarian options. For example, trendy burger chain Honest Burgers does a bacon plant burger—which is also made with a Beyond Meat patty, albeit far larger than McPlant’s—and imitation bacon slices up to about 1,000 calories. And before you add the chips.

The burger features a patty developed in collaboration with vegetarian meat-alternative brand Beyond Meat to taste like a real beef burger.

The burger features a patty developed in collaboration with vegetarian meat-alternative brand Beyond Meat to taste like a real beef burger.

Pea-protein mince is naturally very dry, and adding coconut oil beyond the meat produces juiciness. That means, in the case of Honest Burger’s Bacon Plant Burger, the chunky patty contains as much fat as the meaty version—at 14 grams, that’s three-quarters of a woman’s and half of a man’s daily recommended saturated fat. . It also contains 14 grams of sugar, which is almost half of your daily recommended allowance.

By comparison, McPlant has 6.6 grams of sat fat, half the amount in the meat version, and 19 grams of protein, just 5 grams less than the beef one. The two-and-a-half teaspoons of sugar, mostly, will come from the spices and bun-chini ranks third on the list of bun ingredients after flour and water.

The most mysterious thing is the high fiber content. The Beyond Meat burger typically contains less fiber, but McPlant has about 5 grams of fiber, roughly the same amount as a small bowl of oatmeal, which…

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