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The Vegan Ready
Meal Index

Veganism is a rapidly growing lifestyle trend, with an estimated 600,000 people in the UK currently following a plant-based diet.

What's more, flexible veganism – whereby people eat plant-based some, but not all, of the time – is also on the rise thanks to annual events like Veganuary. As a result, almost all UK supermarkets now offer vegan ready meals as part of their range.

Ready meal

Is your favourite vegan meal really that healthy?

The vegan ready meals you see in the supermarket are often marketed as "healthier" or "wholesome" alternatives. But this isn’t always the case.

To look into this further, we have compiled data from 35 different vegan ready meals currently available in UK supermarkets. We’ve analysed their nutritional information to find out which are the best and worst in terms of their fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt content.

Which are the 5 best and worst vegan ready meals?

Fat

Maximum Recommended Daily Intake: average man: 90g and average woman: 70g

Best
tick 2g
Fiid Hearty Moroccan Chickpea Tagine
tick 2.1g
ALDI Plant Menu Three Bean Chilli
tick 4.6g
Pollen + Grace The Doctor's Kitchen BBQ Jackfruit Rainbow Slaw Box
tick 8.6g
Morrison's V Taste Butternut Squash & Chickpea Curry
tick 8.6g
Bol Thai Coconut Curry
Worst
tick 40g
Eat Wholesome Organic Chicken-Style Jackfruit
tick 28.3g
Deliciously Ella Cauliflower & Lentil Dahl
tick 26.4g
Deliciously Ella Yellow Thai Curry
tick 25.6g
M&S Plant Kitchen Green Thai Curry & Jasmine Rice
tick 24g
Eat Wholesome Organic Curried Jackfruit

Saturated Fat

Maximum Recommended Daily Intake: average man: 30g and average woman: 20g

Best
tick 0.4g
ALDI Plant Menu Three Bean Chilli
tick 0.4g
Pollen + Grace The Doctor's Kitchen BBQ Jackfruit Rainbow Slaw Box
tick 0.6g
Fiid Hearty Moroccan Chickpea Tagine
tick 1.2g
Sainsbury's Vegan Sticky Miso Aubergine Udon Noodles
tick 1.3g
Plant Pioneers No Chicken Sweet & Sour with Tofu Fried Rice
Worst
tick 33g
Eat Wholesome Organic Chicken-Style Jackfruit
tick 22g
Deliciously Ella Cauliflower & Lentil Dahl
tick 21.7g
Deliciously Ella Yellow Thai Curry
tick 18g
Fry's Eat Wholesome Organic Curried Jackfruit
tick 11.6g
M&S Plant Kitchen Green Thai Curry & Jasmine Rice

Sugar

Maximum Recommended Daily Intake: average adult: 30g

Best
tick 1.3g
M&S Plant Kitchen No Chicken Kiev
tick 3.9g
M&S Plant Kitchen Roasted Mushroom Stroganoff
tick 4.3g
Morrison's V Taste Butternut Squash & Chickpea Curry
tick 4.5g
Fry's Meat Free Chicken Style Mushroom Pie
tick 4.8g
Fry's Vegan Vegetable Curry Pie
Worst
tick 30.3g
Sainsbury's Plant Pioneers No Chicken Sweet & Sour with Tofu Fried Rice
tick 20.1g
Sainsbury's Love Your Veg! Sweet Potato Katsu Curry & Rice
tick 19.1g
Tesco Wicked Kitchen Big Bros Enchiladas
tick 19g
Pollen + Grace The Doctor's Kitchen BBQ Jackfruit Rainbow Slaw Box
tick 15.4g
Sainsbury's Vegan Sticky Miso Aubergine Udon Noodles

Salt

Maximum Recommended Daily Intake: average adult: 6g

Best
tick 0.7g
Tesco Wicked Kitchen Cauliflower Onion Bhaji Coconut Rice
tick 0.7g
Sainsbury's Love Your Veg! Sweet Potato Katsu Curry & Rice
tick 0.8g
Artisan Grains Country Vegetable & Cashew Nut Roast
tick 0.9g
Eat Wholesome Organic Curried Jackfruit
tick 0.9g
Morrison's V Taste Coconut Katsu Curry Melt
Worst
tick 3.3g
Waitrose Vegan Green Thai Curry Soya Pieces & Rice
tick 3.1g
Plant Pioneers Tikka Masala & Rice
tick 2.5g
M&S Plant Kitchen No Chicken Kiev
tick 2.4g
Fry's Vegan Vegetable Curry Pie
tick 2.1g
Plant Pioneers No Chicken Sweet & Sour with Tofu Fried Rice

Vegan Meals vs. Junk Food

Here's how some of the worst offenders from our research compare

Fat

Eat Wholesome Organic Chicken-Style Jackfruit

McDonald's Big Mac

Saturates

Eat Wholesome Organic Chicken-Style Jackfruit

McDonald's Big Mac

Sugar

Sainsbury's Plant Pioneers No Chicken Sweet & Sour with Tofu Fried Rice

Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnut

Salt

Waitrose Vegan Green Thai Curry Soya Pieces & Rice

9-5-g

Pringles 1 Tube

The Nutritionist's View

Dr Somi Igbene

The Nutritionist's View

"Vegan diets have become popular in the UK – both for environmental reasons and due to their health benefit. Indeed, many epidemiological studies show that plant-based diets reduce the risk of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes - conditions that are increasing at alarming rates worldwide.

"With increased public interest, food manufacturers have begun making convenience vegan meals, advertised as 'healthy' or 'wholesome' to entice consumers. Sadly, many of these meals lack the health-promoting attributes of plant-based diets. Instead, they are high in saturated fat, added sugar and salt - ingredients that increase the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

"Don’t be fooled by marketing on food packaging - always read the nutritional labels on convenience meals before you buy them. As a rule of thumb, adults should consume no more than 30g of added sugars and no more than 6g of salt per day. Saturated fat intake per day should be limited to 30g for men and 20g for women."

Dr Somi Igbene | MSc Human Nutrition ANutr

The full list and analysis of meals can be found here