Protein for vegetarians
The 5 Best and Worst Meat Substitutes
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Worst: Veggie Burgers and Meatless Chicken Nuggets
Meatless freezer foods are low in fat, but they tend to pack tons of salt. One Gardenburger Original Veggie Burger patty, for example, contains 400 mg of sodium. Nuggets are even worse: a serving of Boca Original Meatless Chik’n Nuggets racks up a third of the 1,500 mg of sodium the American Heart Association recommends for optimal heart health. “Some products have sauces or come pre-marinated, which makes it convenient and easy, but they will be really high in sodium and MSG,” says Marjorie Nolan, RD, CPT, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. If you’re going strictly veg, pay close attention to the labels on these products, she says. Some may actually include non-meat animal sources of protein.