A meat analog is a manufactured food product that looks and tastes like meat. Vegetarians and other health-conscious individuals eat meat analogs because they are relatively high in protein. They are also very versatile and can be broiled, baked, or roasted. Soy, wheat gluten, beans, and/or nuts are used as the main protein source, with other ingredients used to provide texture and a meat-like taste. Meat analogs can be purchased to replace hamburger, steak, chicken, hot dogs, sausage, and many other meat products.

Lenore S. Hodges Cheryl Flynt

Internet Resources

American Dietetic Association, Vegetarian Nutrition Practice Group. "Making the Change to a Vegetarian Diet." Available from <http://www.vegetariannutrition.net/articles.htm>

Seventh-day Adventist Dietetic Association. "Meatless Meats." Available from <http://www.sdada.org/meatlessmeats.htm>