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Quorn is a good meat substitute.
However, good nutrition is not really about eating stuff with MORE of "the good things" or stuff with less calories. It is about consuming the correct number of calories by eating the RIGHT AMOUNT of all the nutrients YOUR body needs, using whatever sources provide those nutrients.
Combine the right amount of Quorn with the right amount of all the other things that you need and you will have an ideal nutritional regime.
No good food source should be considered inferior simply for providing "more calories" than any other given food source. It is always up to you to eat the right amount to give the number of calories that you need:
to maintain your body functions; to build new tissues (when still growing or bodybuilding); and to supply the energy necessary to fuel the work you do, .....
..... by daily activity including:
regular everyday things like house & school work; as well as formal exercise routines.
-- Best wishes - Majikthise.
Here is a nutritional specification for Quorn Mince Serving Size: 100g; Calories: 94, Total Fat: 15.2g, Carbs: 0g, Protein: 23.1g
If you compare it with the nutritional specifications for meats and fish you will find it has a lower clorie (per 100g) than almost any other form of flesh based food (white fish fillet being an exception at 75 cal /100g)
Lean roast topside beef has one of the lowest calorie contents for animal based flesh (at around 160 calories / 100g). Fattier meats have higher calorific content e.g. 230 cal / 100g - Minced Beef ; 290 cal / 100g - Lean roast pork ; 320 cal / 100g - Sausages ; 420 cal / 100g - Streaky Bacon ;
So if you want "low calorie" go for the Quorn.
No, vegetarians generally don't need supplements. Humans are omnivores but physiologically we are much closer to herbivores than carnivores. For most of our evolutionary history most of mankind ate mostly plant foods. The ability to eat meat when plant foods are scarce is a survival advantage but when you look at the health of indigenous populations the less animal foods and the more plant foods a population eats the fewer health problems and the longer they live. The China Study studies the effect of different diets on health and shows the superiority of vegetarian or near-vegetarian diets over the standard Western diet. It is people who eat a typical diet who should worry about supplements.
I do eat meat, but am well aware that avoiding meat is a good way to reduce the excess saturated fats that MOST people in our modern society eat. You do not need to take "supplements" just because you exchange meat for quorn, however, you may chose, for example, to eat a bit more of some iron rich foods like kidney beans or oat bran, if you replace liver with quorn
NB quoted figures are typical these values are not some sort of "universal physical constants" like the speed of light.
Check the nutritional information provided with the foods you are choosing to eat.
(Especially the crisps, biscuits and chocolates).
Well, meat substitutes contain a source of vegetable protein, vitamins, and minerals without the high saturated fat and cholesterol of regular meat. Not too sure about the calories, but I am assuming it has less calories than regular meat.
I believe it has less nutrients, because if you do not eat meat...and you only eat vegetables and/or meat substitutes, then you need to take supplements to give you what meat would give you.
but does that mean it will have more calories?
Thank you :D