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Digital Subscriptions > Healthy Food Guide > May 2019 > MEAT-FREE BANGERS PUT TO THE TEST


As more of us choose to eat less meat, new vegan and vegetarian sausages are popping up to feed the need. Niamh Leonard-Bedwell tries out newbies and old favourites

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year or so, chances are you’ve heard of ‘flexitarianism’. The term has been coined for those of us who follow a largely vegetable-based diet that still incorporates occasional servings of meat and fish. In fact, 21% of Britons now claim to be ‘flexi’, while one in eight is vegetarian or vegan. The increase is down to health concerns and a growing awareness about the impact of a typical Western diet on both the planet and animal welfare.

Manufacturers have responded to the demand for meat substitutes with new and more varied plant-based products. But choosing between similar-looking options can be difficult, so we put a range of popular meat-free sausages on trial.

Bear in mind that two typical pork sausages contain 346kcal, 28g fat, 9.6g saturates, 0.4 sugars, 0g fibre, 22g protein, 1.1g salt. Here’s how the meat-free versions measured up:

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