TVP (Meat Substitute)

An Introduction to TVP

What is TVP (textured vegetable protein)? TVP is made from vegetable protein, most commonly from soybeans. It has a high protein content which makes it a wonderful vegetarian meat substitute. Because TVP is made from plants it makes it an inexpensive source of protein. Because of this, it is sometimes added to meat as an extender. Many restaurants use textured vegetable protein as a money saver. TVP has been added to meals in public schools in the United States since the 1970s. Plain TVP has very little flavor, but with seasonings, it can mimic the taste of several meats.