What Is Quorn And Why Is It Controversial?


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Kath Senior answered
Quorn is a meat substitute that is formed from material derived from fungus. It contains no animal products at all and is marketed as a healthy option to meat, as it is naturally low in fat and cholesterol but has the look, texture and taste of meat.

It is controversial for two main reasons. First of all, its origins. It is made from the filaments of a fungus that is mass produced by fermenting cultures of the fungus in vats, then processing the mass of protein-rich material produced. To some people, possibly most people, this doesn't exactly appeal, and some are put off even trying the product. The company that makes Quorn has tried to get over this by describing the product as 'mushroom in origin', which is stretching the truth quite a bit and they have been taken to court over it in the USA.

The second area of controversy comes from people who have reported being very ill after eating Quorn – with an allergic type response and upset stomach. It is not clear whether they are reacting to the Quorn or some other ingredient in the product, but some people do seem to react badly.
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Jane James
Jane James commented
Quorn has had a massive publicity drive and is now found in almost every supermarket. It's what my well meaning non veggie friends cook for me when I go to dinner. Much better alternatives are kept out of our shops because Quorn has flooded the market.
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Anonymous answered
The reasons listed in the above article are the very reasons that Canada refused entry to this product.

If as they claim to be manufactured from mushrooms I doubt there would be any problems, however, judging from the article mushrooms are not used in the preparations.

I had not heard or read that people were having an allergic reaction to the product and I doubt I would ever try it to start with.

Give me FRESH meat and vegetables every time.
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Anonymous answered
I was violently sick the first time I ate Quorn and they refunded me the cost of the food only when I wrote to them, saying that my reaction was incredibly rare. I see this filling half the meat-free freezers at the supermarkets and marvel at how they have managed to monopolise this area, reducing choice considerably. I would never eat it again.

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