With the New Year getting into full swing a many places are coming out with new vegan foods. I have just eaten a Fry's Vegan Sausage Roll (microwaved for 30 secs) which was surprisingly palatable. I had hoped to try a Gregg's one but unable get one today. So instead A fry's one was available in Sainsbury's for a £1.
I have the packaging in front of me and the list of ingredients looks not too bad. Yes, it starts with filo pastry and that is made with refined flour and yes there are some things I don't understand eg listed as "glycerides" and other odd words that bear no relationship to real food. That said the list has some recognisable ingredients such as oregano, thyme.
Having eaten it, my mouth has a greasy clawing feeling, and so I won't be repeating the experiment any time soon. But if, say I was at a motorway service area and trapped with hunger and no other choices I would not say no to one.
But as far as food goes, this is not what I call food. There is no whole food in this. It is full of poor quality carbs and fat and I think anyone who ate these regularly should expect it to encourage their body towards chronic illnesses over the long term.
Is it healthier than a meat-based sausage roll? Well, whether you make sausage rolls yourself or buy them they will almost inevitably contain processed red meats contain nitrates which are linked to cancer. So on that indicator the Fry's one wins. But my guess otherwise it is going to be a close call. Both are going to be high in salt, fat and both highly processed.
So overall this gets a thumbs down from me. If I get to eat a Gregg's one I guess I will come out with a similar assessment. But for now my body needs some real food, real nutrition - and perhaps some mouthwash!