Right-Wing Dudes Are Falsely Claiming Impossible Whoppers Make Men Grow Breasts

The Impossible Burger is supposedly the second coming of vegan “meat.” The genetically modified soy-based patty was so popular it was even adopted by Burger King, making it accessible to more and more people. That means a lot of people who have never thought about trying a vegan burger now fear one will pass their lips more than anything. So much so, they’re making up absurd lies about it.

The Washington Post wrote an article dismantling the conspiracy theory running rampant amongst conservatives and Alex Jones enthusiasts that claims the Impossible Burger causes men to grow breasts. Journalist Tim Carman writes that the rumor has been circulating for a while, but it was recently crystallized by a veterinarian named James Stangle in South Dakota who “tested” the Impossible Whopper against the original beef Whopper, concluding there was 44 milligrams of estrogen compared to just 2.5 nanograms, soy to beef.

“Now let me refresh your metric system,” Stangle wrote. “There are 1 million nanograms (ng) in one milligram (mg). That means an impossible whopper [sic] has 18 million times as much estrogen as a regular whopper [sic]. Just six glasses of soy milk per day has enough estrogen to grow boobs on a male.”

This info was published in Tri-State Livestock News, which is a trade paper for…livestock. Or the beef industry, to be more precise. These are not people who are friends of soy, or any other plant-based protein sources. There has been a longstanding rumor that soy milk causes breasts to grow on men, because soy contains phytoestrogen, which can mimic estrogen in humans and because of a very specific case of a man with elevated estrogen levels who drank three quarts of soy milk a day.

But, as the Daily Dot reports, there’s no proof phytoestrogen causes gynecomastia, or the growth of breasts in cis men. This does not seem to have much effect on the minds of conservative men, whose thoughts on the subject are rife with transphobia:

There are people trying to reason with them, though they seem to be beyond reason:

Yet another bizarre new rumor to take over the Internet. Avoiding Burger King isn’t as bad as avoiding vaccines, on the scale of conspiracy theories, but it is certainly one of the silliest false info campaigns these guys have cooked up and put on a bun in awhile.