What’s in a name
The unique ingredient in all Quorn foods is Mycoprotein – a nutritious member of the fungi family. There are around 600,000 varieties of fungi to be found around the world. Many, like mushrooms, truffles and morels or those found in veined cheeses, are familiar and amongst the most desirable, but Quorn’s is one of the less well-known.
Eminent mycologist, Malcom Clark, the man responsible for introducing Shiitake mushrooms to the West, talks bout the many medicinal benefits of fungi:
“There is a whole world of fungi that encompasses many health benefits and medicinal properties, yet it is often underestimated.
Fungi have been at the centre of medical breakthroughs over the last century.
Quorn foods are a fascinating example of the ‘taming of the ‘shroom’. This type of fungi, as well as tasting great, provides many health benefits as it contains high quality protein, is rich in fibre and zinc and a source of magnesium as well as being low in fat.”
Our ingredient is produced by fermentation, in a similar process to beer-brewing or yoghurt making. The resulting paste has a similar structure to animal muscle fibres and when combined with the egg and other ingredients gives us a product that is meat-like in texture. This product is then combined with other ingredients to make the different foods in the Quorn range.
Food for thought
We’re faced with lots of conflicting information in our daily lives about what is nutritious, what is healthy and so on.
But some things are clear. The British Nutrition Foundation recommends that we all reduce the amount of saturated fat in our diet, increase the amount of fibre and eat more fruit and vegetables.
They also encourage us to enjoy our foods and to eat a variety of them.
And if you’re looking for an easy way to follow their advice, and you want to make the healthy choice, take a good look at Quorn foods.
Why eat Quorn foods? Well, they’re undeniably good for you. The British Nutrition Foundation recommends 5 food groups which combine to form a healthy diet – cereals, fruit and vegetables, dairy, meat and fish and foods containing fat. The Quorn ingredient can add positively to every one.
The Quorn ingredient products are low in fat, especially saturated fat. Studies have indicated that a meal made with Quorn ingredient products, mince, pieces or fillets, can not only make you feel full up on fewer calories. They have also shown that if you have a Quorn meal at lunch time you will reduce hunger and calorie intake in the evening. Perfect for helping people who are managing their weight.
Studies have also shown that the unique ingredient in Quorn foods can help to maintain normal cholesterol levels by helping to reduce LDL cholesterol levels and increase HDL cholesterol levels when eaten as part of a balanced diet.
Too much LDL is considered to be ‘bad’ because it can build up on the walls of the arteries that feed the heart and brain. HDL cholesterol is considered ‘good’ because it seems to protect against heart attack. Experts think that it is responsible for moving cholesterol away from the arteries to the liver, where it is processed.
In addition Quorn ingredient products are a source of zinc, required for growth and tissue repair, and magnesium, both of which are essential for health. They contain no GM ingredients. But above all, they taste good – and everything else is a bonus.
The good food people
You may ask that angels preserve you from any company with a Mission. But we believe we’ve got something special with Quorn foods, and our aim is to spread the word to as many people as we can.
Quite simply, we see ourselves as The Good Food People. And that not only includes Looks Good and Tastes Good. It also includes Does You Good.
The Quorn range is a choice of everyday foods that everyone can enjoy and benefit from. You don’t need to be any sort of -arian, you don’t need to be on a particular diet, you don’t have to choose it specially because you’re eating healthily. You just have to like nice food that’s a bit better for you. And, let’s face it, that’s not hard.
But the values inherent in Quorn foods, and the way we produce them, are also the values of Marlow Foods itself. So you’ll find us professional and ethical, with integrity and our good reputation scoring higher than profit. We work hard at being open and honest in everything we do, we’ll tell it like it is. We encourage an ethos of success, strive to bring out the potential of our people, and celebrate when we succeed. We don’t operate on ‘might do’ or ‘could do’. We’re a ‘can do’ bunch of people and we always aim to do our best.
And finally, we concentrate above all on earning the respect and loyalty of our customers.
Full of Fresh ideas
There’s such a wide range of Quorn products opening up a host of delicious possibilities. You can buy Quorn products opening up a host of delicious possibilities. You can buy Quorn pieces, mince or fillets which you can grill, saute or bake and enjoy in a casserole or lavish your favourite sauce on. They’re convenient, especially good at complementing herbs and spices and they can be cooked from frozen.
And you can also buy ready-prepared Quorn products or ready meals from the chiller or freezer which are simplicity itself to prepare.
And now you know everything there is to know about Quorn foods, there’s only one thing left to do. Try some!