Just Egg is a vegan, plant-based alternative to eggs made with turmeric and mung bean protein to create an egg-like texture and flavor. The vegan eggs are nutritionally similar to chicken eggs, they each pack a similar amount of calories and protein.
JUST Egg’s foundational ingredient
A protein-rich legume called a mung bean that magically scrambles like an egg. The mung bean has been in the food system for over 4,000 years and is used in countless cuisines globally, but it’s never before been used quite like this. We were lucky enough to find something that has already impacted our food system for thousands of years and turn it into a meal that will impact it for thousands more.
What Are The Ingredients In Just Egg?
Just Egg is made with the following ingredients; Water, Mung Bean Protein Isolate, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Contains less than 2% of Dehydrated Onion, Gellan Gum, Natural Carrot Extractives (color), Natural Flavors, Natural Turmeric Extractives (color), Potassium Citrate, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Sugar, Tapioca Syrup, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Transglutaminase, Nisin (preservative). (Contains soy.)
|Serving size 3 Tbsp (44mL)||Amount||% Daily Value*|
|Calories from Fat||45|
* The percent daily values tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Are Vegan as healthy as real eggs?
Just Egg has been made to resemble real eggs, using turmeric and mung bean protein to create an egg-like texture and flavor. Reviews of the product on Amazon stated that people were pleasantly surprised by its similarity to chicken eggs in its texture, smell, and taste.
But here’s the real question: Is Just Egg as healthy as the real deal? According to Rizzo, New York City-based dietitian the answer is yes.
“Regular eggs and Just Egg are pretty similar,” Rizzo told Runner’s World. “For example, a regular egg and Just Egg both have 70 calories and 5 grams of fat per serving (one large egg versus 3 tablespoons). Regular eggs have 6 grams of protein, while Just Egg has 5 grams of protein, so that’s also similar.”
Are Egg Whites Actually Healthier Than the Yolks?
The only real nutritional downside is that real eggs have added nutrients such as vitamin D, vitamin B12, choline, and antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin, according to Rizzo. Though you may focus on the protein, these nutrients play an important role in bone health, cognition, energy, pregnancy, and eye health, she said.
“Another concern is that vegan eggs are made with a whole list of ingredients like mung bean protein isolate, canola oil, natural flavors, potassium citrate, and soy lecithin,” Rizzo said. While these aren’t necessarily bad for you, it’s a complicated list, especially if you are attempting to eat more whole foods that are less processed.
It’s also worth noting that free-range, organic eggs are cheaper than Just Egg, which retails at $7.99 per carton, according to The Spoon. In addition to Canadian Tim Hortons locations, you can also buy Just Egg in grocery stores like Whole Foods, Safeway Albertsons, Sprouts, and Publix, according to the Just Egg spokesperson.
If you already follow a plant-based diet—or are simply curious and want to give them a try—there is no harm in adding these vegan eggs to your plate. But if you eat regular eggs and are looking for an added nutritional boost, vegan eggs probably aren’t going to be what does it. SEE: How To Spot Fake Eggs