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We compare vegan fast food from Burger King to McDonald’s and KFC with meat equivalents

After all, VEGAN foods may not be healthy. Burger King has been serving up a vegan treat this week as it rolls out vegan nuggets.

But while plant-based foods have been shown to help with sex drive and heart health, and are generally lower in fat, it can contain more sugar and salt – which raises blood pressure.

Nutritionist Amanda Ursell warns: “Study the fine print.” She gave Lynsey Hope a verdict about loving fast food versus swapping vegan food.

Some surprises here as traditional meat-loving dishes go against the grain of plant-based treats - see how they compare below

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Some surprises here as traditional meat-loving dishes go against the grain of plant-based treats – see how they compare below

McDonald’s Big Mac v McDonald’s McPlant

  • Calories: 508v 429
  • Fat: 25g v 20g
  • Street: 9g v 10g
  • Salt: 2.3gv 2.2g

The McPlant contains a bit more sugar but wins because it comes with less than 5g of fat. It is also slightly lighter than salt and contains more fiber. If you’re watching your weight, you’ve saved 79 calories.

Subway Ham Sub v Subway Plant Patty

  • Calories: 272v 373
  • Fat: 3.3gv 10g
  • Street: 6.4 gv 7.2 g
  • Salt: 1.6 gv 1.8 g

Stuff meat party saves you almost 100 calories over the vegan option, as well as almost 7g of fat and 0.2g of salt – making it a clear nutritional winner and proving that going vegan isn’t always good for health.

KFC Fillet Burger v KFC Vegan Burger

  • Calories: 475v 450
  • Fat: 19.3gv 19g
  • Street: 5.5 gv 5.7 g
  • Salt: 2.02g and 2.86g

A close call but Burger fillet has less than 0.84g of salt. This may not seem like much, but burgers contain more than a third of the recommended daily intake of 6g salt for adults – and vegans have swapped out almost half.

Greggs Sausage Roll v Greggs Vegan Sausage Roll

  • Calories: 328 v 309
  • Fat: 21g v 9g
  • Street: 0g v 0.8g
  • Salt: 1.6 gv 1.9 g

The 19-calorie difference isn’t much and the vegan roll has more salt – but it wins because it saves fat and has a very little lead in protein, providing 11g versus 9.4g from the meat option.

More wins for plant-based versions of traditional fast food favorites. Details below

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More wins for plant-based versions of traditional fast food favorites. Details below

Burger King Chicken Nuggets v Burger King Vegan Nuggets

  • Calories: 250.5 v 243
  • Fat: 13.8gv 12.9g
  • Street: 1.2 gv 0.9 g

Pack six vegan bites next to six cuts of meat due to the slightly lower fat and salt content. But you get much less protein. Try to make up for this during the day by drinking soy milk, or baked beans, peas, tofu, nuts or seeds.

Burger King Whopper v Plant-based Burger King Whopper

  • Calories: 641.5 v 554.7
  • Fat: 35.7gv 26.9g
  • Street: 11.3gv 12.2g
  • Salt: 2.3 gv 2.8 g

Although 0.5g more salt in a vegan burger, it contains 87 fewer calories and 8.8g less fat. While no figures are provided for fiber, the vegan version may well be better for this nutrient, which is good for gut health.

Pizza Hut Pepperoni v Pizza Hut Vegan Pepperoni

  • Calories: 1.092v 936
  • Fat: 52.2gv 39g
  • Street: 4.8 gv 3.6 g
  • Salt: 4.2 gv 4.2 g

Both of these meals are high in calories and salt so neither is really good for you, truth be told. But the vegan pizza is a close winner as you save 156 calories as well as 13.2g of fat.

Costa Ham & Cheese Toastie v Costa Vegan Ham & Cheeze Toastie

  • Calories: 354 v 352
  • Fat: 11g v 8.9g
  • Street: 4.1gv 2.9g
  • Salt: 1.3 gv 2 g

The calories are pretty much the same and the vegan dish is a bit less fatty. But which meat wins because of less salt. It may also contain more bone-building calcium than vegan pieces, depending on the type of cheese used in the latter.

McDonald’s adds McPlant to its permanent menu with a vegan burger now available at every restaurant in the UK

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Bobby Allyn

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