…when it’s vegan! As I watched my friend and colleague Dr David Bull on the Jeremy Vine show this morning, I was intrigued by the news story he highlighted from the Daily Mail: Pork Farms has developed its first Porkless Pie.
What I think about the vegan pork pie
Many of my vegan clients who used to eat animal-based foods are looking for solutions that provide the texture and taste of their familiar favourites. Companies who invest in plant-based versions of their products are thus helping to meet a need – but are they offering a healthier alternative?
Having searched the Pork Farms website I failed to find nutritional information about this new addition to their range. It’s claimed to be a healthier alternative, but in order to asses fully, it’s best to compare the nutrient composition with a regular pork pie. Here’s what you need to know:
- How much pea protein does an average pie have?
- How much saturated fat, total fat and calories do you get in a pie compared to a regular pork pie?
- What do the salt levels look like?
In my research for my latest book Vegan Savvy, I looked at plant-based versions of standard convenience foods and found there was a lot of variation. But I’m guessing that this pea protein-based pie is higher in fibre and lower in saturated fat than a regular version. In the end, I believe you should enjoy a wide range of foods including plant-based types, but don’t assume that the word “vegan” means “healthy”.