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I got the chicken nuggets and the packaging said "no GMO was used". The nuggets tasted very good.

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That's great to hear. GMO soy (or GMO anything) sounds scarey!
That's great that they use REAL ingredients! emoticon

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3/18/10 10:42 P

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I heard back from the folks at Gardein. They use soy protein isolate in their products. They do not use GMO soy, and their soy comes from the US and Canada. I hope that helps those of you who are concerned about the soy used in these products make informed decisions.

Edited by: PATTK1220 at: 3/18/2010 (22:47)
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Gardein products are certified by Vegan Action. I'm not promoting the product. I'm just asking what people who have eaten or used it think about it ... taste, versatility, etc. People have different reasons and criteria for choosing the products they buy. I love to cook, and I solicit comments based on experience.

This is the ingredient list for Gardein™ Chick'n Filets: water, soy protein, vital wheat gluten, ancient grains (quinoa, amaranth, millet and kamut®), natural flavors (from plant sources), potato starch, expeller pressed canola oil and/or safflower oil, pea protein, modified vegetable gum, carrot fiber, organic beet root fiber, organic evaporated cane juice, yeast extract, vinegar, sea salt. rub: spices, red bell pepper flakes.

I don't know if Gardein products contain isolated soy protein, and that's a very good question. I sent an inquiry to the company. I'll post their reply once I receive it.

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3/15/10 11:26 A

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In response to PATTK1220's comment: I can make tofu and tempeh in my kitchen (if I had the time and will) using very simple, basic ingredients and very simple basic processes. I couldn't compare tempeh and tofu to gardein. I would agree that Gardein looks to have just a little better ingredients that some of the other commercial patties, "bacons", meat substitutes but still-- maltodextrin?, modified vegetable gum?, yeast extract?, and it's not stated whether or not the soy protein is isolated or concentrated.

It just doesn't look to me like Gardein is just a little bit processed like, say, cheese, bread, mashed potatoes etc.

Okay, I do understand that many of us have harried, stressed lives and we depend on stuff that is already put together so we can fix it up fast. I really do understand that. I'm just saying that you've got to call a thing by its "name" and not try to make it sound wonderful if it's not. You can mash beans, rice, a little flour or breadcrumbs, herbs and spices into a nice patty. Now there's a simple, quick "process". Add some chopped nuts and you've got protein!

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3/15/10 11:09 A

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Okay, I've looked at the website and read the ingredients. I am less than enamored by them--it's a lot of what I said before; processed stuff that your grandmother wouldn't recognize as food--definitely not healthy. Very snazzy layout on the site though; good marketing!

Tell me, why is it that so many vegans and vegetarians still want to eat meat? Why don't they just give it up instead of going after phony meat? Heck, you want to go vegetarian (or vegan) then just do it, stop fooling around. Why would you want to eat something that even LOOKS like meat? Actually, a lot of vegetarians and vegans don't eat that kind of stuff. Maybe it's because they take their diet more seriously? I don't know for sure; I'm not a vegetarian.

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Interesting post. I try to investigate something before I form and state an opinion. That's just me trying to be fair. Anything commercially available is processed to be sure. That being said, there are many methods of food processing and not all of them result in a science fiction food. Tempeh, for example, is processed as is tofu. If you have the time to make everything from scratch, that's great. For those of us who don't have that kind of time, commercially available products fill that gap. My question was to learn how people had used this product and what they thought about the results.

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Those of you who know me will expect that I would question a product like "Gardein". First, right off the bat it's a processed, packaged, commercial food-thing. That lowers it in my estimation. Secondly, and this is unfortunate but needs to be considered by all vegans and those thinking about becoming vegans, the "vegan" market is full of junk to target unsuspecting people who put avoiding animal products at a top priority in their lives. I'm not down on veganism, I think it's a respectable pursuit. What I hate is the way the food-stuff marketers target vegans because they know they have a weak audience. That is an audience that is, in a large percentage, easily suckered into buying products that have ONE attribute--no animal products. Many "vegan" products are full of junk and even if the ingredients list healthy things these products are frequently over-processed and devoid of nutrition.

I admit I haven't even gone to the website yet. I will in a minute and then maybe I'll have more to say. But know this; a good vegan will be in it not just to avoid eating animal products but also to get what they believe are the health benefits from doing so. They will eat fresh, whole, mostly un-processed grains, veggies, grasses, fruits, legumes, seeds, and nuts. They will be as interested in good nutrition as they are in avoiding meat products.

Beware!

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Hi there!
Thank you for explaining about gardein. You provided very good information, I really appreciate. I'll see if I find them in Freshmart at Puerto Rico. Again, thank you. Have a very nice day.

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I just bought the Gardein chicken nuggets in the frozen section at whole foods. They were new. They had some in the refrigerated section but I have not tried them yet.



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That's great! Maybe we can return this discussion to Gardein products now.

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Thank you! We have a whole section of Bob's Red Mill products at my supermarket. I will have to check it more carefully :)

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Quinoa is usually in the natural food section of mass market grocery stores. If you don't live in a large city, your grocer might not stock it. In that case, there are online sources like www.bobsredmill.com/organic-quinoa-g
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, and Ancient Harvest www.quinoa.net/106.html . Amazon.com is a good resource, but you have to buy several packages www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=
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Hello,

I was wondering if you could please tell me where to find quinoa? I have looked when shopping and can not seem to find it anywhere. Is it in with the oatmeal? Thanks so much!

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"Gardein" is a trademarked item that derives its name from garden and protein [gard + ein]. It is completely vegan. From the Gardein website, here is some information about its content: "Gardein™ is a wholesome range of tasty plant-based foods with a meaty texture. it’s made from soy, wheat and pea proteins, vegetables and ancient grains (quinoa, amaranth, millet and kamut®). Gardein™ is easy to digest and free of cholesterol, trans and saturated fats. The majority of Gardein™ foods are a good source of fiber and low fat too. Gardein™ is also animal and dairy free." For more information about Gardein, visit its FAQ's www.gardein.com/faqs.php

The reason I put links in my posts is for you to be able to access accurate information. I use SP for information and hope you do as well. It's really helpful when you respond to the subject instead of taking the thread off course.

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What is gardein or what is the meaning of gardein?

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For me, Quinoa is very nice. It has a lot of fiber and it is high in proteins. I prepare it as a hot cereal for breakfast, with milk, vanilla or ginger, and after is ready some maple syrup or agave syrup. I use 1 1/2 cups of any kind of milk or milk substitute like almond or soy milk. I add 3 tablespoons of Quinoa and allow it to boil. Then I lower the heat to low and allow to cook and soften slowly. After it is done I add the flavor and a pinch of salt. Finally in the cereal bowl I add the sweetener.

For me it is comfort, very nutritious food for weekends or before bed.

Give it a try and have fun. I use 3 tbls of Quinoa, because I like hot cereals soft and kind of soupy, but you can add more Quinoa to satisfy your taste.

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The ingredients are awesome: soy, quinoa, and other products. Check out the website.

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I've never heard of (or tried) of this product. Is it just mushrooms? I wonder what else is in them...

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Have any of you used gardein? I just discovered it on Chef Tal Ronnen's website talronnen.com/recipes/meatless-chick
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