If you're vegan, you're probably tired of hearing people ask you "where do you get your protein from?" or "are you getting enough vitamins?". I know I sure am! If you're pro-meat, then you likely ask vegans these question yourself. So, I've decided to end this dispute once and for all and host the "Veggies vs. Meat Battle"!
In this ultimate showdown you will see the nutrition information of several plants (such as fruits, vegetables, and legumes) and that of animal products (including meat, fish, dairy, eggs, etc.) to find out which is best! Choose your team; Team Herbivore or Team Carnivore!
Facts are based on a 100 gram sample!
How do we choose the round winner?
To choose the round winner, we give 1 point to the contestants for each of the following:
How do we choose the competitors?
Some competitors will be paired up by choosing those that are similar but many will be paired randomly. The final score will have nothing to do with the winner of each round though, but will instead be based on the rankings at the end of this showdown.
First up in this showdown are garbanzo beans representing Team Herbivore and eggs representing Team Carnivore.
(Both the garbanzos and the eggs have been boiled)
Round winner: Garbanzo beans
Team Herbivore has the lead with garbanzo beans having won the first round! Next up are soybeans representing Team Herbivore vs. chicken from Team Carnivore. Let's see who's the healthiest!
(Both the soybeans and the chicken breast are raw)
Round Winner: soybeans
Making their way into the ring is agave nectar representing Team Herbivore and honey representing Team Carnivore! Since they are both sweeteners, for this round we will replace the amount of sodium in each item with the amount of sugar that it contains.
Agave Nectar has 27% more vitamin C than honey.
Round Winner: It's a TIE!
Next up, confident that they can make a win for their team are black beans from Team Herbivore and ground beef for Team Carnivore!
The black beans have been boiled without salt and the beef is pan-browned 80% lean meat, 20% fat (the most popular type) meat.
Round Winner: black beans
Who's next to step into the ring? We have eggplant slices representing Team Herbivore and roast turkey from Team Carnivore! Let's see who'll take home the gold!
The eggplant has been boiled.
Round winner: eggplant
With apples from Team Herbivore and ham from Team Carnivore, both are eager to represent their teams in this ultimate Veggies vs. Meat showdown!
Round Winner: apples
Stepping in are lentils, coming from Team Herbivore, and tuna, coming from Team Carnivore. Here they are, each trying to help their team win this challenge!
The lentils are boiled and the tuna is white tuna canned in water.
Round Winner: lentils
Next up in this showdown is our first brand, and it's "bacon" vs. bacon. From Team Herbivore we have Lightlife's Smokey Tempeh Strips (a vegan alternative to bacon) and from Team Carnivore we have traditional bacon! Let's see which bacon is actually better!
Round Winner: Lightlife's Smoky Tempeh Strips
Finally, we have our last competitors, both are convinced that they can win this showdown single-handedly! There's oatmeal from Team Herbivore and cow's milk from Team Carnivore!
Round Winner: oatmeal
It's time to reveal the winner, but first, let's take another look at the rankings!
In every category, the winner was a representative of Team Herbivore! Also, none of our participating plant-based contestants had any cholesterol in them, and none of the animal products had any essential dietary fiber.
It is commonly said by meat-eaters that vegans don't get enough protein, but here you can clearly see that soybeans have more protein than any of the animal products that we tested. It's true that excluding the soybeans, the animal products generally had more protein than their plant-based competitors, but the plant-based foods weren't lacking either. Also, since the members of Team Herbivore have less total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and/or sodium, they can be consumed in larger quantities allowing vegans to still get the protein that we need.
So, who's the winner of the "Veggies vs. Meat Battle"? Will it be Team Herbivore? Or maybe Team Carnivore? And the winner is. . . . .
Hi, I'm Salem Tillman, the author of Vegan Empire! I've been working on Vegan Empire since April of 2020, and I'd like to finally introduce myself and my team!
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