Real or fake: Going meat-free

Published 10:16 AM ET, Wed August 7, 2019
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Plant-based burger patties made by Impossible Foods contain a genetically modified version of heme, an iron-containing molecule from soy plants, which is what gives them a meaty flavor. Stephen Lam for CNN
Vegan soy bratwurst has become a popular choice in Germany, allowing meat-lovers to cut meat from their diets without necessarily changing them too much. Meat-free diets have come a long way, with a variety of alternative options. Shutterstock
Fried cabbage with bread crumbs -- the vegan version of traditional German schnitzel -- looks just like its meat counterpart but with healthier ingredients. Shutterstock
Organic tofu is the base for many vegan and vegetarian meals. Shutterstock
Seitan is a meat alternative made from gluten, or wheat protein. Shutterstock
Tempeh is a traditional Indonesian product made from fermented soy. Shutterstock
"Turkey" made from tofu or seitan -- often sold under the Tofurky brand -- is especially popular around the holidays. Shutterstock
Quorn is a meat alternative derived from fungus, mixed with an egg- or potato-based binder. Shutterstock
Patties made of potatoes, green peas, carrots and green beans, garnished with green onion, are another option for lunch or dinner. Shutterstock
Slices of halloumi cheese can serve as a meat alternative at barbecues. Shutterstock