Quorn is a popular brand of vegan meat substitutes, from nuggets to patties, crumbles, and more. However, can your baby safely enjoy these soy-based foods?
Overall, Quorn products are safe for your baby. However, they are moderately high in sodium, so they should be given to your baby only in moderation.
This article will cover more information about the safety of Quorn for babies, when you can feed it to them, preparation methods, and more.
Is Quorn Safe for Babies?
Quorn products, which are plant-based meat alternatives, are safe for your baby in moderate amounts. However, many parents are concerned about plant-based meat alternatives, particularly ones that are primarily made of soy. The vegan Quorn products are soy-based, while many of the vegetarian products are egg-based.
Studies have not demonstrated any increased risk to the health of babies who receive soy (source: Frontiers in Nutrition). In fact, soy-based foods can be very nutritious and beneficial to your baby, mainly because they provide protein, vitamins, minerals, and more.
Soy is one of the top eight common allergens, leading many parents to wonder if they should provide soy to their babies.
While the instinct may be to avoid feeding your baby foods that contain common allergens, it is actually recommended to introduce these foods early to decrease the risk of your baby developing allergies (source: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology).
When feeding any new food to your baby (especially those with common allergens), it is essential to monitor for any signs of an allergic reaction. Symptoms can include hives, swelling, vomiting, diarrhea, wheezing, and more (source: American Academy of Pediatrics).
If you notice multiple different symptoms or see that your baby is having difficulty breathing, seek emergency medical attention.
Plant-based meat substitutes, such as Quorn, are also moderately high in sodium. For example, the Quorn Meatless Gourmet Burger has over 400 milligrams of sodium in one patty.
Quorn also has pieces, mince, and sausages. These all can be appropriate for your baby as long as they are in small pieces and in the appropriate texture for their age – more on this below!
Therefore, Quorn products can be an excellent plant-based protein source in moderation. However, if you consider eliminating meat or animal products entirely from your baby’s diet, it is crucial to speak with their pediatrician.
When serving Quorn to your baby, ensure it is thoroughly cooked to the temperature stated on the product packaging. However, do not overcook it because it can become tough and difficult for your baby to eat.
When Can Babies Eat Quorn?
Babies can eat Quorn products once they are six months old, as long as they are prepared in the appropriate texture for the baby’s age.
If your baby is around six months old, puree the meat substitute into a thin consistency. Once your baby is between six and nine months old, thicker consistencies are appropriate, with two to four tablespoons at a feeding (source: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia).
Finally, your baby will typically be ready for finger foods at ten months old. So, you can cut up the Quorn into small bite-sized pieces as long as they are not tough or overcooked.
Quorn products such as fillets, burgers, or nuggets can be cut up into small pieces and be an excellent option for baby-led weaning as well. This is because they can easily grasp the protein product and bring it to their mouths.
In terms of amount, due to the sodium content, you should stick with small amounts of these products at a time. Make sure your baby is getting a wide variety of other high-quality protein sources, such as legumes, meats, and more.
As mentioned above, speak with your baby’s physician if you are considering an entirely vegetarian or vegan diet for your baby.
I hope you found this article helpful in discussing the safety of Quorn and how to feed it to your baby.