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10 things you should know about Impossible Foods’ new GMO plant-based ‘pork’

| | January 15, 2020
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Here comes the other faux white meat. Impossible Foods, the brand behind [2018’s] Impossible Burger 2.0 craze, captivated the attention of CES 2020 by launching a plant-based pork replacement called Impossible Pork …. Impossible Foods plans to roll out Impossible Sausage later [in Jan. 2020] in five test cities …. From the taste to the cost and where to buy it, here’s what we do — and don’t — know about the substitute meat.

What is Impossible Pork made of?

Like the Impossible Burger, the main protein in Impossible Pork is soy, with sunflower and coconut oils serving as fat sources. The other ingredients contain binders and flavorings including heme, which according to Impossible Foods is the molecule that gives beef that familiar meaty taste and smell when cooked.

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For Impossible Burger and Pork, Impossible Foods modifies a type of yeast to make the heme from soybean leghemoglobin, which is an oxygen carrier found in legumes. (The company is sensitive to concerns about genetically modified food and argues that human history is in part a story about modification of edible plants.)

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