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Sausages – Tried and Tasted

Table 1: Low Calorie Sausages
Product Waitrose, Half Fat Pork Sauages Asda, GFY Pork Sausages Sainsbury’s, 50% Less Fat Pork Sausage
  Waitrose Ha;l Fat Pork Sausages Asda GFY Sainsburys 50% Less Fat Sausages
Ranking 1 2 3
Appearance Looks almost home made, brilliant Great size and turned a lovely golden brown Biggest of the bunch, with  a great colour to it
Smell Just right Porky - yum Appetising
Taste Like a great pork sausage from the butchers, thumbs up all round! Wouldn’t know it was low fat Slightly herby after taste, but quite pleasant.
Texture Normal Normal Normal
Summary Our stand out favourite by a mile, and putting everyone but Sainsbury’s to shame. No one will even notice they are low calorie! Just ahead of the Sainsbury’s sausages this was a hit. Plus you save over 20 calories from our top sausage with this option. Highest in fat & calories, but still 50 calories lower than your average pork sausage so worth giving a try
Serving Size 1 Grilled Sausage 1 Grilled Sausage 1 Grilled Sausage
Calories (kcal) per serving 90 68 99
Fat (g) per serving 4.6 1.9 5.4
Table 2: Low Calorie Sausages
Product Sainsbury’s, BGTY Cumberland Sausages Morrison’s, Eat Smart Pork Sausages Morrison’s, Eat Smart Lincolnshire Sausages
  Sainsburys BGTY Sausages Morrisons Pork Sausages Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes, Spinach & Pine Nuts
Ranking 4 5 6
Appearance Anaemic looking compared to the others Not good, slight green aura to it! Very plastic and skin came away from sausage
Smell Pleasant Bland Greasy bbq
Taste Light and herby, with a spicy kick in there too Like cheap pork sausages Too sweet and tangy, yet like stuffing?
Texture Falls apart Too thick a skin, bit too chewy Plastic skin, but soft inside
Summary Surprisingly this was more like a veggie sausage, and although not wonderfully filling, tastes rather nice. If you like veggie sausages we think you’ll like this. Lowest in calories & fat, and although not the best, not the worst either. Passable for use in casseroles etc Again could be used in casseroles etc, but wouldn’t advise eating them on there own
Serving Size 1 Grilled Sausage 1 Grilled Sausage 1 Grilled Sausage
Calories (kcal) per serving 70 63 77
Fat (g) per serving 1.3 1.2 1.5
Table 3: Low Calorie Sausages
Product Tesco, Light Choices Cumberland and Pork Marks & Spencer, Extra Lean Pork Sausages Tesco, Light Choices Pork Sausages
  Sainsburys BGTY Sausages Marks & Spencer Sausages Tesco Pork Sausages
Ranking 7 8 9
Appearance Short and stubby in comparison to others Plasticy Some what dry and rather pale
Smell Juicy pork Like dog food Herby
Taste Spicy after taste and not as meaty as you’d think Meaty. Not great. Unimpressive dull flavour
Texture Ok Waxy Grainy rather than meaty
Summary Marginally better than the Tesco, Light Choices Pork variety, but just didn’t cut it This one had a partial marmite effect. On the panel some liked, some loathed. However the majority was not in favour and so an acquired taste we think. Very disappointing all round, and we suggest you give it a miss
Serving Size 1 Grilled Sausage 1 Grilled Sausage 1 Grilled Sausage
Calories (kcal) per serving 72.5 65 82.5
Fat (g) per serving 1.8 1.7 2.5
Table 4: Low Calorie Sausages
Product Weight Watchers Apple & Pork Sausages
  Weightwatchers Apple and Pork Sausages
Ranking 10
Appearance Pale, unappetising and gooey where cooked
Smell  
Taste “Like pork flavoured bread pudding – in a bad way!”
Texture Rubbery
Summary Huge disappointment from a brand that is supposed to specialise in low cal/fat foods. Stay away!
Serving Size 1 Grilled Sausage
Calories (kcal) per serving 78
Fat (g) per serving 1.4

Conclusion

A very varied bunch of results from this tasting, with clear winners and losers.  Waitrose, Half Fat sausages were by far our favourite, with Asda, GFY coming up close behind and the best option calorie wise.

Our advice would be to stay away from the low fat offerings from Tesco and Weight Watchers, while any of the others could be used and all add up to a considerable saving of over 50 calories per sausage compared to their full fat counterparts.

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