TVP, as it is known, is a meat substitute. More often than not, the product is manufactured from soybeans, because this Asian staple - unlike the other popular legumes - contains all eight essential amino acids and can be easily molded into any desired shape. Compared to meat, TVP has fewer calories and less saturated fat. On the negative side of the coin, the color and flavor additives in TVP-based products, like artificial bacon bits and meat extenders, can produce unpleasant tastes, smells, and textures. Soybean-based TVP can also foster flatulence.
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