Students conduct blind taste test of the ‘Whopper’ and the ‘Impossible Whopper’
Baton Rouge, La. – The Agricultural Sciences 472 class recently conducted a seminar discussion titled, “Meat Gets a Makeover.”
The discussion stemmed from a Consumer Reports article by the same name. The article asked if meatless patties were safe, tasty, healthy and if they will save the environment.
After the seminar, the students conducted a blind taste test comparison between Burger King’s all-beef meat patty in the “Whopper” and the meatless “Impossible Whopper.”
Six out of 10 students chose burger B., the “Impossible Whopper” as their favorite tasting burger.
“The students were shocked when I told them they voted for the Impossible Whopper after the taste test,” said Dr. Renita Marshall, Animal Science Professor and Chair of the Department of Agricultural Sciences at Southern University.
The Impossible Whopper is an all-plant, gluten-free burger that gets its protein from soy and a mix of coconut and sunflower oils.
“They had no idea that I was going to ask them to taste the two burgers,” said Dr. Marshall. “I wanted the students to understand that agriculture is now high-tech and this technology may change the way we produce food,” she added.
To read the Consumer Reports ‘Meat Gets a Makeover,’ article, click here.