Can you eat quorn bacon without cooking it?

In this brief article we are going to answer the query, “Can you eat quorn bacon without cooking it?” We will also discuss some ways to cook Quorn bacon, its nutritional composition and health benefits. 

Can you eat quorn bacon without cooking it?

No, it is not recommended that you eat Quorn bacon without cooking it. It is advised that you cook it by frying it up like minced meat. Quorn bacon is a brand of vegetarian bacon and it contains mycoprotein (77%), rehydrated free range egg white, flavorings (contains milk, smoke flavorings, color: Iron Oxide), rapeseed oil and potassium sorbate as a preservative according to Quorn.

Quorn was first introduced in 1983. It is a trademarked name given to the mycoprotein ingredient which acts as the meat substitute.  

Mycoprotein is a plant-based protein derived from a natural micro-fungus called Fusarium Venenatum. The fungus is fermented, in a similar way to beer or yogurt, which promotes growth of the mycoprotein.

Mycoprotein was approved for use in 1983 as a meat-less commercial ingredient to be used in food by the U.K. Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. In 2001, the U.S. 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) admitted it into a class of foods “generally recognized as safe (GRAS).”

How do you cook Quorn bacon?

That said, let’s look at some ways you can cook your Quorn bacon. For this you can use a skillet or just a microwave. If you are using a skillet, you:

  • Preheat a non-stick skillet over MEDIUM heat.
  • Place your Quorn bacon in a skillet without overlapping.
  • Heat over LOW to MEDIUM heat for 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally.

Make sure not to overcook. If you are in a hurry to head out, you can as well use the microwave. For this method you need to:

Place bacon slices on microwave safe plates or bacon racks. Make sure not to cover.

Microwave on HIGH setting until crisp. See microwave times listed:

  • 2 Slices: 1 – 1.5 minutes
  • 4 Slices: 1.5 – 2 minutes
  • 6 Slices: 2 – 2.5 minutes
  • 8 Slices: 2.5- 3 minutes

Please note that these cooking instructions are based on a 1100 watt microwave. Microwave ovens vary. Times given are also approximate and you can always utilize more until your Quorn bacon is well cooked.

What is the Nutritional composition of Quorn bacon slices?

Quorn bacon slices come with their fair share of nutrients as below:

 (As sold per 100g)(As sold per ¼ pack)
Energy889kJ/214kcal334 Kj/80kCal
Fat16g5.9g
Of which Saturates1.1g0.4g
Carbohydrates5.4g2.0g
Of which Sugars2.6g1.0g
Fiber5.6g2.1g
Protein10g3.8g
Salt1.6g0.61g

What are the health benefits of eating Quorn bacon?

It is a complete protein source

Mycoprotein, the plant based protein  from which Quorn bacon is made, is a complete protein. It provides sufficient amounts of all nine essential amino acids namely histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine which are required by adults.

May increase fullness

Quorn mycoprotein has as well been shown to effectively induce satiety due to its combination of nutrients including protein and fiber. A past study also showed it to improve blood sugar regulation in those who were overweight. 

May balance cholesterol levels

Studies have shown Mycoprotein to reduce the total and low-density lipoprotein (often referred to as ‘bad’) cholesterol levels and in turn increase  high-density-lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.

Is a versatile meat substitute

Mycoprotein can be made in so many forms that can appeal to different people. This can be minced meat, cutlets, nuggets, strips and burger-style patties. 

This makes it a versatile meat substitute and thus a perfect meat-free protein ideal for vegetarians, plant-based or people on a vegan diet or looking to reduce their meat consumption.

Good source of fiber

Quorn bacon has 5.6g of fiber per 100g making it a very rich source of fiber. Fiber is useful in the body because it may help control blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Is Quorn bacon safe to eat?

Mycoprotein based proteins including Quorn bacon are generally considered safe but they have reports of people expiring adverse reactions after consuming Quorn products. 

This can be attributed to the high mycoprotein, the reactions include gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, or allergic-type reactions including urticaria (hives) and anaphylaxis.

If you experience such reactions, it is best if you skip Mycoprotein based proteins. Some food  meat substitutes alternatives are:

  • seitan, which contains gluten
  • tofu, which contains soy
  • tempeh, which contains soy
  • texturized vegetable protein (TVP), which contains soy

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Conclusion

In this brief article we have answered the question, “Can you eat quorn bacon without cooking it?” We have also discussed some ways to cook Quorn bacon, its nutritional composition and health benefits.

Citations

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vegan-meat-substitutes#TOC_TITLE_HDR_4

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