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Are Morning Star vegetarian products good for you?

How do you feel about Morning Star Products - the vegetarian burgers, sausages etc.. They seem to be made from soybeans, possess high quantities of fiber and protein, low fat, high in B vitamins, but not overwhelming in sodium.

Dr. Gourmet Says...

A burger made with a processed veggie burger patty

I am always challenged by these sorts of products. For those who are vegetarian but want foods that resemble meat they can be a good alternative. They are, however, highly processed and it's hard to know what effect that might have on the otherwise healthy ingredients that they are made with.

The one key is that these are often very high in sodium. A strip of bacon or a sausage patty comes in at around 250 mg of sodium. You are correct that this is not overwhelming, but if you have two patties along with your eggs, the salt content can really add up.

We've reviewed some veggie burgers that are lower in sodium and are somewhat less processed than others. While we haven't yet reviewed Morningstar products, here is the list of veggie burgers we've reviewed so far.

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP
Dr. Gourmet