Health freedom group Children's Health Defense (CHD) reported on the matter, citing a study done by fake meat company Impossible Foods. The study involving rats fed with the company's Impossible Burger were done under the assumption that the fake meat products would have minimal impacts, if not none at all.
However, it found that soy leghemoglobin (SLH) – responsible for giving the fake meat burger its meaty taste and making it bleed like meat when cut – was also the culprit behind "inexplicable alterations within rat biology." Rats that ingested SLH, which is derived from genetically modified (GM) yeast, experienced unexplained weight gain and changes in blood indicating the onset of inflammation or kidney disease and possible signs of anemia.
Despite these findings, Impossible Foods has insisted that SLH is safe to eat. To this end, it asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to agree that the ingredient is Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS). But the agency refused to do so during the company's first attempt for recognition in 2015.
Based on documents obtained under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the agency expressed concern that SLH could trigger allergies.
"Although proteins are a part of the human food supply, not all proteins are safe," the FDA stated. "Information addressing the safe use of modified soy protein does not adequately address safe use of SLH protein from the roots of the soybean plant in food." The agency concluded that Impossible Foods' documents to back up its 2015 petition "do not establish the safety of SLH for consumption, nor do they point to a general recognition of safety."
Impossible Foods was able to obtain GRAS certification for SLH in 2017 as the FDA issued a "no questions" letter. "While such letters may protect the FDA from liability in case something goes wrong, they do not protect the consumer from unsafe novel foods," CHD explained.
"Contrary to what many people believe, such letters are not an assertion by the FDA that the food in question is safe. They state that the company asserts that the food is safe and remind the company that it, and not the FDA, is responsible for ensuring that it only puts safe foods on the market."
In 2019, Impossible Foods introduced herbicide-tolerant soy protein (HTSP) to the Impossible Burger recipe. The move sought to replace wheat protein in order to improve the burgers' texture and avoid gluten – the wheat protein that some people are unable to tolerate. As a result, fake meat burgers can contain residues of the cancer-causing glyphosate herbicide sprayed on soybeans used for HTSP.
Tests commissioned by the advocacy group Moms Across America and performed at the Iowa-based Health Research Institute Laboratories found glyphosate levels of 11.3 parts per billion on Impossible Burgers. This was 11 times higher than the glyphosate content detected on the Beyond Meat burger, a plant-based competitor made from non-GMO ingredients.
"Concerns about the GMO ingredient SLH and other chemicals added to faux meat products are valid," wrote NaturalHealth365 staff writer Patrick Tims. (Related: Fake meat grown in labs might make investors rich, but it's a nightmare for human health.)
"It is widely known that consuming toxic red meat has the potential to cause cardiovascular problems. Yet it is also clear that Impossible Foods' fake burgers have the potential to lead to even worse outcomes – including potential inflammation, anemia, kidney disease and dreaded weight gain."
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