I'm surprised I haven't seen this here yet.
I was wondering what people's thoughts here are on Quorn, a man-made protein product. It's not made from grains or soy. It's a mycroprotein.
I normally eat eggs and fish for fat and protein. However, I used to use Quorn (I know it's probably NOT paleo) and am wondering how "bad" it is. I don't like red meat because of the texture but find that Quorn is a compromise substitute that my boyfriend doesn't mind.
It's highly processed with various additives, so it's quite bad IMHO. I used to eat that a lot when I was living in the UK (I had a phase where I tried to limit real meat 12-14 years ago).
Flat out nasty poison. That's what I think of it.
CSPI is not my fave organization, but I agree with the linked collection.
At first I started to give a standard answer. No, this stuff has to be bad for you. Then I decided to look at the link you gave. It says the main source of protein comes from mushrooms, and some bush or something found in England... They don't go into much detail. So I picked one of their products - I think the bbq burger. Egg whites and wheat protein are the first ingredients. I'd nix this stuff in a heartbeat if you're thinking about it. If you are already paleo you know you want to stay away from wheat, then there is the soft cheese, potato, barley malt etc. This stuff is full of crap. I imagine the "chicken" producs are just as bad and use wheat for a breading. I hope you are informed and know why you should stay away from this type of product. Below are the exact ingredients.
Mycoprotein (36%), partially rehydrated egg white, textured wheat protein (wheat protein, wheat starch), onion, sunflower oil, rusk (wheat flour, ammonium bicarbonate), whey protein concentrate, medium fat soft cheese. Contains 2% or less of palm oil, natural flavoring from non meat sources, mature Cheddar cheese, salt, sugar, tapioca starch, sodium alginate, pectin, potato maltodextrin, barley malt extract, smoked yeast, potassium chloride, smoke flavoring, citric acid, gum arabic, silicon dioxide, tricalcium phosphate. Made from natural ingredients. Allergic Consumers: This product contains egg, milk, gluten, and wheat ingredients.
High in protein. 50% less fat than ground beef hamburger. Low in Sat Fat & 0g trans fat per serving.
It's proof that we, as humans crave meat. The vegetarians and vegans, and their political agendas are clear failures, because of stuff like this. If we weren't adapted/evolved to be carnivorous - at least in part, we wouldn't be attempting to make fake, meat-like products.
It's just another form of Lysenkoism, but applied to humans.
Thanks, but no.
No, it's not food. In the UK, it's actually easier to get good quality meat that's cheaper too. If you won't eat meat, then you can buy fairly good frozen fish, like coley, and bake it in the oven smothered in butter. My boyfriend eats quorn. Tonight I'm having friends over for a big slow cooked lamb tagine. I have to cook him some quorn separately O_o. I was vegan in a past life, so I understand the deal with not eating meat. But it just doesn't make sense to eat milk, eggs and fish and still object to meat (unless you really cannot stand the taste). Maybe I will convince him someday. I keep cooking up delicious concoctions in the hope of breaking his will:D
Looking at the ingredients for their "Classic Burger:"
Mycoprotein (38%), partially rehydrated egg white, textured wheat protein (wheat protein, wheat starch), onion, sunflower oil, whey protein concentrate. Contains 2% or less of rusk (wheat flour, ammonium bicarbonate), palm oil, natural flavoring 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.
Yep. I pretty much want nothing to do with that trash.
I had quorn sometimes while I was a vegetarian. I used it as a substitute for ground meat, added some tomato paste to eat with spaghetti. I don't eat grains anymore, but if I did I don't see why I would prefer quorn to meat in my pasta. Besides, I seem to react to egg whites, so I don't eat them. Is there any special reason to eat mushrooms? I don't know much about their properties.
In response to raydawg: while some 'meat substitutes' are absolutely trying to capture reluctant vegitarians, (the fake bacon with fake fatty strips comes to mind) most is just bean or myco proteins formed into a convenient shape, just as meat is. Cows and pigs don't come ready-made in steaks, burgers or sausages; humans have made them into that shape because it's a handy shape to eat.