Sausage was originally designed as an economic means of using and preserving animal meat. It usually consists of ground meat, mixed spices and salt stuffed into a casing. Most meat-based sausage products are high in calories and fat. If concerned about calories and fat in your diet, consider replacing your typical beef or pork sausage with a vegetarian sausage.
Serving Size and Calories
When trying to balance your food intake to maintain a healthy weight, it is important to pay attention to a food item's serving size and calories per serving. If you eat more calories than your body needs on a daily basis, you will gain weight. A standard vegetarian sausage patty from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrient Database has 98 calories in a 38 g portion, or one patty. One Morningstar Farms vegetarian patty, also 38 g, or two Morningstar Farms vegetarian sausage links have 80 calories. Gimme Lean brand vegetarian sausage is the lowest calorie vegetarian sausage with 60 calories in a 2 oz., or 57 g, serving.
As a meatless product, the fat content in a vegetarian sausage comes from the more heart-healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. Including more polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats in your diet can help you lower your blood cholesterol levels, according to the American Heart Association. A serving of the USDA standard vegetarian sausage patty contains 7 g of total fat and 1.1 g of saturated fat. A serving of Morningstar Farms vegetarian sausage patty or sausage links contain 3 g of total fat and 0.5 g of saturated fat. Gimme Lean brand vegetarian sausage is fat-free.
Soy is the primary ingredient in vegetarian sausage. As a legume, it contains carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are your body's primary source of energy. The standard vegetarian sausage contains 3 g of carbohydrate and 1 g of fiber per serving. A Morningstar Farms vegetarian patty contains 3 g of carbohydrate and 1 g of fiber, while two sausage links contain 3 g of carbohydrate and 2 g of fiber. Gimme Lean vegetarian sausage contains 7 g of carbohydrate and 3 g of dietary fiber.
The soy in the vegetarian sausage is the primary source of protein. Soy is one of only a few plant-based foods that provide you with all of the essential amino acids, making it a complete source of protein. The standard USDA vegetarian sausage contains 7 g of protein per serving. A Morningstar Farms sausage patty contains 10 g of protein per serving, and two sausage links contain 9 g of protein per serving. Gimme Lean brand vegetarian sausage contains 7 g of protein.