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.