Quorn Products Review
Hello & Happy Wednesday!!
I typically steer clear of products that have mixed review, but I think its important to provide product insight whether its good or bad. For your sake and for companies to improve and perfect their products. If you’ve been in the plant based world since the early 2000’s than the name “Quorn” will ring a bell. Quorn is a UK based company that specializes in vegetarian faux meats (they contain egg) and a VEGAN BURGER. Their mock meats are comprised of Mycoprotein.
AS many of you are probably wondering..
What the heck is mycoprotein?!
Company “Quorn Basics”: Quorn products are meat-free, soy-free, and naturally non-GMO. The protein base is made from a naturally-occurring organism in the fungi family that we harvest and ferment in a process similar to brewing beer or making yogurt. We call this “mycoprotein.” It has a much “meatier” texture than soy-based products and has superior taste. Compared to meat, Quorn has about half the calories, no cholesterol – as much protein as an egg and as much fiber as broccoli!
Quorn claims that mycoprotein is a type of mushroom, but many will argue that classifying mycoprotein as a mushroom is not accurate as its more of classified as a “fungus”.
An expert on Fusarium fungus, David M. Geiser of the Pennsylvania State University Fusarium Research Center, told the FDA that calling the Fusarium fungus that is the basis of Quorn foods a mushroom is like “calling a rat a chicken because both are animals.”
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is strongly opposed to Quorn, and has asked the FDA to halt the marketing of Quorn products and to require all Quorn foods to be recalled from market shelves. According to CSPI, quite a number of people have gotten sick after eating the product, typically vomiting several hours after eating the product. Read the complaints here. (please note, adverse reactions happen, especially more so if you’re gluten intolerant)
Quern’s response to the negative feedback:
Our products have been sold for over 30 years and over 1 billion Quorn meals have been enjoyed. Quorn products generate fewer adverse reactions than peanuts, milk, wheat, shellfish, and soy – a fact recognized by the FDA. The CSPI’s claims are not grounded in science and grossly exaggerate the negative feedback to our products.
Additionally, our products are minimally processed – much less processed than most soy-based products on the market. The majority of the processing is a natural fermentation process in which the fusariam organism converts glucose to protein which produces the unique texture and taste of our products.
My issues with the product:
– Not organic
– No warning labels on the box for potential adverse reactions and misleading with egg in items
– Not my cup of tea as far as taste, very similar to “meat”
– Great for those looking to make an easy transition to a meat free diet
– Low in calorie
Get the video review below
Quorn Vegan Burger
Mycoprotein (35%), Water, Textured Wheat Protein (Wheat Protein, Wheat Starch), Onion, Potato Protein, Sunflower Oil. Contains 2% or less of Rusk (Wheat Flour, Ammonium Bicarbonate), Palm Oil, Natural Flavors From Non-Meat Sources, Salt, Sugar, Tapioca Starch, Sodium Alginate, Smoked Paprika, Pectin, Potato Maltodextrin, Barley Malt Extract, Smoked Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Smoke Flavoring, Citric Acid, Gum Arabic, Silicon Dioxide, Tricalcium Phosphate.