How do these vegan alternatives compare to animal products?

How do these vegan alternatives compare to animal products?


With more and more vegan products on the shelves, adopting a plant-based lifestyle has never been easier. 

But how does it compare nutritionally to the average, meat-eaters diet? 

Here is how 5 popular, vegan alternatives compare to their animal product counterpart. 

Quorn Vegan Fillets Vs Chicken Fillet 

When it comes to meat substitutes, Quorn is one of the most popular out there. 

Vegans, be warned – some of their products do contain egg white; however, the Quorn vegan fillets are entirely plant-based. 

So, how do they compare to your usual chicken fillet?

Quorn vegan fillets (100g)  

  • 92 cals 
  • 0.6g fat 
  • 3.5g carbs 
  • 14.2g protein 

Chicken fillet (100g) 

  • 138 cals
  • 1.7g fat 
  • 0g carbs 
  • 30.7g protein 

When it comes to their protein content, Quorn vegan fillets do not stand up well against your usual chicken fillet. 

However, they’re also lower in calories and fat, and so you can afford to eat a little bit more to compensate for this. Just watch out for the sneaky carb content. 

While 3.5g isn’t much, your usual chicken fillet contains 0g of carbs. 

Alpro Vanilla Yogurt Vs Onken Fat-Free Vanilla Yogurt

Both delicious and both pretty close when it comes to their nutritional value. 

Of course, the Onken Fat-Free Vanilla Yogurt is, you guessed it, fat-free, which is a claim not made by Alpro. However, at only 2.2g of fat per 100g, the vegan alternative is certainly nothing to be worried about. 

Alpro Vanilla Yogurt (100g)  

  • 75 cals
  • 2.2g fat
  • 9.5g carbs (9.2g sugar) 
  • 3.7g protein

Onken Fat-Free Vanilla Yogurt (100g)  

  • 80 cals
  • 0g fat 
  • 14g carbs (13g sugar) 
  • 4.5g protein 

When it comes to their calorie content, they are both pretty similar. 

The differences come when we look at carbs and protein. The Onken Fat-Free Vanilla Yogurt comes in higher on both of these (admittedly, not by much), so if you’re looking at reducing your sugar intake, then Alpro might be the way to go.  

Linda McCartney Sausages Vs Richmond Frozen Pork Sausages 

Linda McCartney is infamous for making some of the best veggie/vegan alternatives and her sausages are absolutely raved about! 

They might taste good, but how do they hold up against your regular pork sausages? 

Linda McCartney Sausages (100g) 

  • 160 cal
  • 5.4 fat
  • 7.5g carbs 

  • 17.9g protein 

Richmond Frozen Pork Sausages (100g) 

  • 288 cal 
  • 22g fat 
  • 12g carbs 
  • 10g protein 

Linda has not let us down! 

Compared to Richmond Frozen Pork Sausages, these vegan alternatives are lower in calories, carbs and fat! Perhaps most surprisingly, the only thing these vegan sausages have more of than their meat counterparts is protein

If you’re looking for a high-protein, low-fat way sausage sandwich to cure your hangover looks like Linda could be the way to go. 

Violife Non-Dairy Cheese Alternative Vs Cathedral City Mature 

Perhaps the most nutritionally different to its animal product counterpart, Violife Non-Dairy cheese contains 0g of protein; however, is a lot lower in calories per 100g than Cathedral City Mature cheddar. 

Violife Non-Dairy Cheese Alternative (100g) 

  • 270cal
  • 21 g fat
  • 21g carbs 
  • 0g protein

Cathedral City Mature (100g)  

  • 416 cal
  • 34.9g fat 
  • 0.1g carbs 
  • 25.4g protein 

While it might be a good alternative if you’re craving some cheesy chips, if you’re looking for a good source of protein then vegan cheese is definitely not the way to go. 

Vego Organic Hazelnut Chocolate Bar Vs Dairy Milk Whole Nut

With more and more plant-based chocolate becoming available, going vegan doesn’t mean having to miss out on your favourite sweet treat. 

Vego Organic Hazelnut Chocolate Bar (100g) 

  • 591cal 
  • 40.8g fat 
  • 44.6g carbs 
  • 8.2g protein 

Dairy milk whole nut (100g) 

  • 550 cal 
  • 35.5 g fat 
  • 49g carbs 
  • 8.8g protein 

Vego might have slightly more fat than a bar of dairy milk whole nut but, let’s be honest, if you’re craving chocolate, you’re probably not too bothered about the nutritional value (we don’t blame you one bit).

Which is your favourite vegan alternative? 

Let us know in the comments below. 


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