Thank you so much for following along, The Battle of the Burgers! After the first Boca review I was so surprised at what I found, and I know there must be better options! So I am on a mission to find the best nutritious, easy option!
Today, I am reviewing the ingredients of Aldi's Season's Choice.
As I scanned this list, I already felt better about this product than I had Boca! All ingredients that didn't seem like they were hiding anything! Brown rice, string beans, carrots, onions.
The only word I did not know was in the soy sauce, maltodextrin. Google here I come!
Maltodextrin is a thickener, filler or preservative used in many different processed foods. It is an artificially produced white powder, that can be derived from - corn, rice, potato or wheat. Starting to understand why wheat is such an issue for many!
It spikes your blood sugar, suppresses probiotic growth, made from GMO corn, and has no nutritional value.
To be honest, the small amount that this is in the burger, I can't say that I am all that concerned about it. Happy about it, no. But, in comparison to Boca, this is still winning by far!
Other notes: canola oil, wheat gluten and natural flavor were the only things that truly stood out to me. Oils in themselves are a whole other "Battle Series" so is "natural" flavor!
As for the burgers, this one I am voting a B+ and feel comfortable keeping it in my diet. The ingredients are easy to read and understand. There are not highly processed forms of protein, but rather natural forms from vegetables and brown rice!
While this burger has only 7g of protein in comparison to Boca's 12g, it is a more natural and completely plant based protein, the way it should be!
My theory is that when you stick with smaller companies, they put your health before their profits, FAR more. Maybe because they aren't dumping millions of dollars into advertising, and actually listening to the public that we want healthier choices and want to know what is in our food!
Boca, is owned by Kraft Foods, and well - the majority of what they produce (like processed mac and cheese) is just not putting the customers health first! Why should we be expecting them to do that in their meat free products?
Stick to smaller labels, such as companies like Aldi, or Trader Joe's, or your local health food store. Read labels, shop smart, stay healthy! One more burger to breakdown is coming your way! Maybe we will have an A+ winner!
Kaitlyn Elizabeth McCann
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