**CORRECTION** Jan. 9, 2021: BDO has changed the headline of this article from “Doctor Warns Impossible Burger Has 18 Million Times More Estrogen than Beef” to “Doctor Criticized for Claim that ‘Impossible Burger’ May Have 18 Million Times More Estrogen than Beef” to better reflect the content of the article, and show the falsehood of the claim. We apologize for any confusion the original headline may have caused our readers.
— Original article below —
A South Dakota doctor issued a warning about imitation meat products like Burger King’s Impossible Whopper, but others believe that it’s not that big of a deal.
Impossible meat is the popular vegan option that many are turning to that is supposed to look like, smell like, and even taste like real meat.
Here are the facts:
Dr. James Stangle created a stir when he revealed what he said may be actually in the patty.
“The impossible whopper patty is made from 24 ingredients,” Stangle wrote. “The most important ingredient is soy protein. The whopper patty has just one ingredient. That would be beef.”
The Impossible Whopper is a burger with a patty made from plants, including soy, instead of beef. And that’s where the issue comes in. He said that the soy in the Impossible burger has 18 Million times more estrogen than regular beef.
“The impossible whopper has 44 mg of estrogen and the whopper has 2.5 ng of estrogen,” he explained to the Western Journal.
“Now let me refresh your metric system. There are 1 million nanograms (ng) in one milligram (mg). That means an impossible whopper has 18 million times as much estrogen as a regular whopper.”
Estrogen, as you know, is the primary female sex hormone. It is responsible for the development and regulation of the female reproductive system and secondary sex characteristics.
Stangle claims, with this level of estrogen it would take only