Meat vs plant based. What is the best option?

Mar 25, 2022 | Blogs, Food / Beverage, Food and Beverage | 0 comments

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As we become more conscious about the planet, healthier lifestyles and our duty to protect the environment, attitudes and behaviours are shifting when it comes to food consumption.


‘Fake’ meat and the environment

Nowadays, meat or fish is part of every meal for a lot of people, meaning farming has had to meet (pardon the pun) these demands. To achieve this, most farmers are forced to unnaturally feed livestock to ‘fatten them up’ which is becoming increasingly unsustainable for our environment.1

Luckily, the meat alternatives, plant-based products are becoming more widely available in supermarkets, and even better, more affordable! Some people would argue that the vegetarian lifestyle is a healthier choice to make. Generally, vegetables are good for you and some people would assume plant-based meat is healthier than regular meat…But this might not always be the case.2 Let’s dig into why.

Keeping the ‘fake’ meat experience ‘real’

Yes, plant-based alternatives have become to provide similar, if not the same protein alternatives to meat products.2 However, in order to achieve the real meat experience consumers anticipate, synthetic biology companies carefully investigate the taste and texture these products provide to consumers. To help achieve the correct flavours, additives such as fats and oils are often used. The source of these fat matter as the profiles differ and although some might be beneficial to consumers health, others have the potential to be harmful.2

Testing for lipids in meat products

To ensure consumers know exactly what is in their alternative meat products, it is vital each component in products is quantified and packaging is labelled properly. Using the SCIEX 7500 system to profile and identify the lipid composition of meat and meat alternatives samples, discover how this method can improve consume confidence.


  1. Eco & Beyond:
  2. Vox. The rise of meatless meat, explained:
  3. Deals on Health. 20 Remarkable Vegetarian Statistics for 2021:



Telling the PFAS story with pine needles

As an ever-expanding group of chemicals, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) require novel techniques to monitor their current and historical presence in the environment. Concerns over exposure to PFAS chemicals continue to grow, with some having known toxic characteristics and the potential effects of others remaining unknown.1 In addition, while PFAS are one of the most persistent synthetic chemicals to date, most of them hardly degrade in the environment.2 So, how long do traces of PFAS last in our environment? Two tools used to help answer this question are active samplers and passive samplers.

Back to the new basics: Part 3 | LC vs. LC-MS and what it means for your lab

In this final installment of our “Back to the new basics” series, we take one more look at analytical techniques and best practices in the lab, and opportunities to improve efficiency. Here, we explore the basic principles of high-performance liquid chromatography (LC) and liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS), and how these techniques can affect a lab’s efficiency and productivity.

Testing for pesticides in cannabis and hemp

As we all know pesticide and mycotoxin testing regulations differ in each state. The applicable pesticides used can differ by crop (hemp vs. cannabis) and pesticide effectiveness on cannabis and hemp in the first place is currently in doubt. Inside the laboratory, different extraction methods can lead to different recoveries and different instrumentation will have different detection limits.

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