What Is Vegetarian Quorn?

Quorn (pronounced KWORN) is a brand name of Marlow Foods and is the leading brand of mycoprotein food products in the UK and Ireland. The Mycoprotein used in Quorn products is a healthy meat free, soy free form of high quality protein and as the main ingredient, it plays an important role in determining the nutritional value of Quorn products.

<h3>Mycoprotein found in Quorn products is a type of fungi (Fusarium Venenatum), discovered more than 40 years ago.</h3>

The nutritional characteristics of mycoprotein have been found to deliver a unique combination of health benefits, showing while ‘vegetable’ in origin, mycoprotein contains all nine essential amino acid and so falls into the category of being a source of first class protein, comparable with other protein sources such as meat and fish.

However, unlike meat proteins, mycoprotein found in Quorn, is free from cholesterol, is low in fat and saturates and contains no trans fats. It also posesses a unique fiber, comprising about 25 per cent of its dry weight, composed mainly of polymeric n-acetyl glucosomine (chitin) and beta 1-3 and 1-6 glucans. Studies suggest that mycoprotein helps maintain normal blood cholesterol levels and can possibly even lower LDL cholesterol levels.

Quorn as a retail product was first produced in 1985 by Marlow Foods and is a healthy meat alternative, free from animal fats and cholesterol. It is sold largely in Europe, but also other parts of the world as an alternative to meat, earning the Vegetarian Society’s seal of approval. As Quorn uses egg white as a binder, it is not suitable for vegans.

Quorn brand mycoprotein is sold in ready-to-cook forms, such as cubes resembling chicken, and a form resembling minced meat, and has a range of chilled vegetarian meals, including pizzas, lasagne, cottage pie and products resembling sliced meat, hot dogs, burgers and roasts. It has been available in stores in UK, US, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, and Republic of Ireland, since 2006 and available in Australia since 2010.

I only discovered Quorn this year in 2011, when I saw it appear on the shelves of my local Coles Store, where I live in Cairns. Wow! being a vegetarian, <h2>I can’t tell you how excited I was when I saw all these Quorn products staring at me!</h2> All the Quorn products are so delicious and they look and taste like the real thing. I really can’t tell the difference and neither can my family! 😉

The thing I love about Quorn products, is that you never feel deprived and you can substitute just about any meat meal with a vegetarian Quorn version. The Quorn products are endless, they are particularly good for marinating as flavors are absorbed more readily than any other protein food. Quorn also cooks much quicker than any other meats. You must pay attention to the cooking instructions and follow them exactly. Cook Quorn correctly and it is beautifully moist and tender. Overcook Quorn and you will be eating tough boots!

I’ve also discovered this absolutely fabulous book called THE QUORN KITCHEN. I use it and I really highly recommend it. It has 78 fantastic Quorn meal recipes for just about any occasion. You would never know that these meals are vegetarian.

Even if you love eating meat, if you’re looking for a healthier alternative, try Quorn products available in Coles or your local supermarket. You can create just about any wonderful mouth-watering meal for your whole family, that are meat free, healthy, highly nutritious, low in fat and cholesterol.

You will feel lighter, have more energy and your body will thank you for it. Try the amazing range of Quorn products and see how it makes you feel.

Hello, my name is Nicole and I live in Cairns, Australia. Believe me when I say that I’m a real person, who like many of you, has struggled with excess weight, lacked energy, self esteem and had self image, health and beauty issues. I was once in a very dark place! I know when you’re down and you think you have no where or no body to turn to, things may seem hopeless.

I believe true Health and Beauty comes from within. What you allow is who you are and who you become. Being beautiful on the inside, loving yourself and others, allows others to love you in return. True Health and Beauty is about peace of the mind, body and soul and it has a lot to do with the way you think!