Can You Eat Quorn on the Dukan Diet?

There is nothing in my UK version of the Dukan Diet to advise that you can eat Quorn so my advice had always previously been that Quorn could not be eaten on the Dukan Diet.  However on 10 July 2011 I was reading through the online chat at www.dukandiet.co.uk and noticed that the was a Q & A about Quorn.


One of the followers asked if it was OK to eat Tofu and Quorn during the Attack Phase and “sonja” for the Dukan Diet replied advising that it was fine to eat both Tofu and Quorn but explained that only plain Quorn should be eaten as many of the other Quorn products contain fat or other ingredients that make them unsuitable for the Dukan Diet.

So the answer is YES you can eat plain Quorn on the Dukan Diet.

I thought I’d check out the nutritional values of plain Quorn – Beef-Style Grounds (US) or Mince (UK) and compare this to extra lean ground/mince beef.

A serving of plain Quorn is about 2/3 of a cup or 85 grams and it contains:

  • 90 Calories
  • 2 grams of Fat (0.5 gram of Saturated Fat)
  • 0 Cholesterol
  • 170 mg Sodium
  • 9 grams of Carbohydrates
  • 5 grams of Fiber
  • 13 grams of Protein

A serving of extra lean ground/mince beef is 3 ounces or 85 grams and it contains after cooking:

  • 180 Calories
  • 11 grams of Fat (4.2 grams of Saturated Fat)
  • 63 mg Cholesterol
  • 285  mg Sodium
  • 0 Carbohydrates
  • 0 Fiber
  • 18.48 grams of Protein

So as you can see Quorn has a lot of positive points but it is higher in carbohydrates and this might impact on your weight loss but it will definitely be a very welcome additional protein source for vegetarians.

To give you some idea why you need to eat plain Quorn

Plain Quorn is made from:

  • Mycoprotein (88%), rehydrated egg white, malt extract.

Classic Burger(US) is made from:

  • 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.

Vegetarians will be pleased to here about the updates in this post Dukan Diet News: Dukan Diet Updated for Vegetarians.

12 Responses to “Can You Eat Quorn on the Dukan Diet?”

  • linda on November 5, 2014

    Can we really eat the quorn at attack phase?
    Is natural caramelized sugar ok?

    Mycoprotein (93%), Rehydrated Free Range Egg White, Firming Agents: Calcium Acetate, Calcium Chloride, Roasted Barley Malt Extract, Natural Caramelized Sugar. Contains Egg & Barley Gluten. Produced in a factory that handles Milk & Wheat.

    • Amber on November 13, 2014

      Hi Linda

      Dr Dukan had to adjust his diet to make it suitable for vegetarians so the foods that vegetarians eat do not necessarily fully comply with the rules of the standard Dukan Diet.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

  • Mary S on April 3, 2014

    I really like Quorn; it gives me a tasty alternative to tofu when I choose to include nonmeat proteins–allergic to wheat so seitan is out. The Quorn formulas vary quite a bit and have changed over time; some varieties have wheat and some don’t. As of now the US version of the roast and the tenders do not contain wheat; the roast in my freezer contains what I assume is whole egg so it does have 10 mg of cholesterol per serving–the tenders are made w/ egg white so they are cholesterol-free. I will have to check labels on the grounds/mince style.
    A couple of years ago the roast formula was changed to include wheat (probably as a cost-cutter)–I sent a highly irate email to the company. I must not have been alone b/c the roast was reformulated AGAIN to remove the wheat. So, do yourself a big favor and ALWAYS check labels, especially on a processed product.

    • Amber on April 3, 2014

      Hi Mary

      I couldn’t agree more. Reading the labels is also a good way to find the hidden sugars and fats.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

  • Bev on January 14, 2014

    Hi
    I’m a huge fan of Quorn dispite not being a vegetarian, so it’s great news that I can continue eating it!!
    However, I must correct you on one thing. ..
    Quorn isn’t suitable for Vegans due to the egg content…
    Cheers for the info..
    Bev..

    • Amber on January 15, 2014

      Hi Bev

      Thanks for the correction – I’ve updated the post and added a new link.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Karen on July 28, 2013

    Hi Amber, I am vegetarian and just about to start the Dukan diet. What are textured soya products? Also can these be eaten in the attack phase, or just on later stages? Thanks in advance. Karen

  • QuornFoods on April 23, 2012

    Hi and thanks for the nice post about us!

    We are happy to help weight managers have an easier time dieting and I would like to offer your readers a voucher on their next purchase of Quorn.

    Get it here:

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    Mod; I hope this is OK with your T&C we are actively trying to support healthier lifestyles and weight loss and it would be great to get more involved with communities like Dukan.

    • Amber on April 23, 2012

      Hi QuornFoods

      I’m very pleased to be able to help visitors to my site save money.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

  • Susan on July 24, 2011

    Thank you! Great to know, I like quorn.

    • Amber on July 24, 2011

      Hi Susan

      You can also eat textured soya products too!

      Amber:)

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