September 16, 2021
From The Beet

Have you ever stood in front of a whole fridge full of products and wondered: Which of these is tastiest? Which is healthiest? It’s like we need a Rotten Tomatoes, for real food. Well, now there is just that: The Beet Meter is your ratings and review tool for all of the latest plant-based products hitting the shelves, daily.

The Beet Meter gives a rating out of five beets for taste and five for the health of every product we test. The editors, writers, and contributors of The Beet tastest the best-selling plant-based milks, butters, cheeses, yogurts, cream cheeses, pizzas (tough job but someone had to do it) along with veggie burgers, chicken alternatives, and more.

For a very special session, we enlisted a dozen of kids ages 4 to 12 to taste test more than 32 non-dairy ice creams on a hot summer’s day. It was fun, we got sticky, the ice cream melted, then everyone jumped into the pool. (Again, tough job.)

The products are rated for health with criteria by a registered dietician

In every case, the product attributes are rated for health by being run through a list of criteria that were created by a registered dietician. Each criterion is listed below.

The health grade is an overall rating that takes into consideration saturated fat, calories, protein, and carbs. Now we understand that even though plant-based ice cream is high in sugar and fat, but some are MUCH higher than others. (Sorry Ben and Jerry.) And for the person who is concerned with types of fat, we let you know whether the product is made from coconut or almond, cashew or pea, which matters when you’re eating plant-based for heart health and to avoid the bad stuff.

We created a list of 10 criteria for taste, but you get to add your own rating

In the case of the taste criteria, the editors spent many hours deciding what was relevant, fair, and how we would describe or recommend these products to a friend, including: Does it have an aftertaste and Would we buy it again? It’s subjective, of course, but it’s the best way we know how to describe whether a product is a “must-buy” or an “okay to skip.”

Got a beef with the scores? You can add YOUR review to the Beet Meter any time you like. In the school of everyone’s opinion is valid, once you add your own taste rating to each item and see whether the crowd agrees.

So the next time you’re standing at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, wondering which of those non-dairy creamers to buy for your cup of joe in the morning, check out the Beet Meter, then head to the cash register knowing you got the right one for you!