March 9, 2009

You Ask, I Answer: Quorn

I've seen Quorn products in supermarkets for a while in the same section as frozen veggie and soy burgers.

Do you know anything about them?

-- Doris Kinley

(city withheld), ME

Quorn is a highly popular meat-free alternative in Great Britain that appears to finally be catching on with consumers on this side of the Atlantic.

The main ingredient is a fermented mycroprotein (that means it's fungus/mushroom-related) that provide tastes and textures similar to those of poultry.

Quorn products are not a vegan alternative, though, as they are also concocted with egg protein.

Like soy, this particular mycoprotein is a complete protein and a good source of polyunsaturated fat.

Quorn also happens to be a decent source of fiber, and has been shown to help lower LDL cholesterol levels in some studies.

Keep in mind, though, that your average quorn "chicken breast" contains roughly a quarter of a day's worth of sodium.


seeleelive (for the love of peanut butter) said...

thanks for this post. I have been contemplating on trying that for a while...perhaps it's worth it now!
Makes sense there are mushrooms in it, portobellos do have that "meat-like" texture!

lbwsampson said...

Quorn's chick'n nuggets are DELICIOUS!

Anonymous said...

I recently picked up some Quorn Meatless and Soy-less Grounds after reading this post. It's not bad at all; and it's allowed me to bring a meat-like protein back into my breakfast to eat with eggs (given that most breakfast sausages and bacon is high-calorie and high-fat). Taste-wise, though, the Quorn "chicken" tenders weren't as appetizing.