Quorn Vegan Nuggets Available at Woolworths 

Quorn has long been renowned for making vegetarian meat made from mycoprotein, which is derived from fungus.

Quorn is normally vegetarian and not vegan because it contains egg whites. However, recently Quorn has produced a number of vegan products that are now available at Woolworths around Australia. 

Quorn Vegan Nuggets are made in the United Kingdom and are free from soy.  The ingredients are below. 

My verdict on the product after eating it is that it is too dry, although eating it with avocado seems to help as it adds creaminess.

Is Codral Vegan?

It is deep in winter here in Melbourne and I am sick with a runny nose. I also cough all the time. It is flu and cold season.

I have coped with the sickness simply by drinking green tea, which I found to help with help. Matcha tea in particular seems to help.

Another common treatment for the cold is olive leaf extract, which is also vegan. I simply mix olive leaf extract with warm water and drink it.

As far as throat lozenges go, I have discovered that some Codral variants are vegan. It is thankfully fully labelled on Codral’s website. I have been taking Codral Sore Throat Lozenges Soothing + Menthol Flavour, which is vegan.

The easiest way to see if something is vegan or not is to simply google it.

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Now Foods Nutritional Yeast Powder

Recently I purchased Now Foods Nutritional Yeast Powder from iHerb. The main benefit of nutritional yeast is that it is often high in B vitamins e.g. vitamin B12. You could easily take pills to get vitamin B12, but I found that nutritional yeast (also known as “nooch”) is much tastier. For example, nutritional yeast sprinkled on baked beans tastes very good. 

 

Veganism is Easy

Many people say they cannot go vegan because it’s too hard, but my experience has been the opposite. I actually find it is easy to be vegan, and it is easier than being an omnivore.

Going on a vegan diet doesn’t require you to actually do anything. However, what it requires you to do is to not do something. For example, if someone serves you chicken, you don’t eat it. Whereas previously you did something, now as a vegan you are not doing something.

The vegan diet is about not eating meat, not eating dairy, and not eating eggs.

What you do need to do, however, is learn how to say no.

I have always been a nice person. In fact, I am too nice. I am the type of person who has trouble saying no and would often try to please people too much, and over time I learned this was not healthy. Being nice is great, but if you’re too nice, people take advantage and walk all over you.

Going on a vegan diet, it turns out, had helped me practice how to say no. When I stood up and defended what I ate, people seemed to take note that I didn’t just accept whatever they put upon me, and over time they took advantage of me less.

So if you’re too nice, if you’re a people pleaser, then give the vegan diet a go. Not only will it help you practice being assertive, it will also help the environment and spare animals from torture and slaughter.

 

 

Linda McCartney Vegetarian Sausages from Woolworths

I was browsing through the local Woolworths one day and noticed vegan sausages on sale. These are made by Linda McCartney and these sausages are suitable for vegans, meaning they have no meat, no dairy, no eggs.

Six sausages cost about $6, so that is about $1 per sausage. This strikes me as expensive, but I’m not too sure what the market price of sausages are given I don’t normally buy or eat sausages.

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I checked the ingredients and noticed it was mostly made from wheat protein. It is also soy free. The protein percentage at 22% is quite high. As a comparison, chicken is 27% protein.

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I had the sausages cooked up with a salad. When I first saw the sausages, I was concerned about how rough the surface of the sausages were. Normally sausages are smooth.

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Rough looking vegan sausages

Even since I became vegan, I’ve never had sausages, so this was a big moment for me! In fact, when I was a meat eater, sausages were my favourite food. If there is anything I hated about meat, it’s bone. Fish was the worst because often fish is laced with small bones. I’d have nightmares about getting small bits of bone lodged in my throat and I’d need to get my neck cut open in a hospital to remove the bone. Lamb or beef was usually too hard for my teeth to tear. Chicken was usually dry. Sausages, on the other hand, were uniform and because they were packed with herbs and maybe some other questionable chemicals (such as ammonia and nitrates) they tasted good.

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When I tasted the vegan sausages, I was surprised at how good they were. If I were to serve this to most people, I’d be sure most of then would not know that it is meatless.

The texture was very nice. It has a very nice sausage-like taste.

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Eating a salad with vegan meat was very nice. I think there is something very satisfying about having something warm (sausages) mixed with something cold (salads).

Most people, in my opinion, do not want animals to suffer. This is why slaughterhouses are hidden. People do not want to look at the atrocities that occur in these factories. However, people often want warm food that is high in calories and meat is the cheapest, tastiest, and most convenient product for that.

However, vegan meat, in my opinion, is now tasty enough that most people would switch if the product were more widely available, if it were marketed better, and if it were cheap enough.

One reason why vegan meat is not cheap is because few of it is sold. For companies to make back their expenses on low quantity sold, they need to raise prices. Vegans should support vegan meat producers because more demand for their product should increase competition, lower prices, and bring vegan meats into the mainstream.

Another problem vegan meat faces is the fact that the meat and dairy industries in many countries are heavily subsidised by governments. A significantly amount of taxpayer money goes towards propping up the meat and dairy industry ($38 billion in America alone). This is a problem that needs to be fixed at the political level. When you vote, think of the animals.