People Left Sickened After Learning How Vegan Sausages Are Made

People are only just finding out how vegan sausages are made and it's leaving them sickened.
Credit: Alamy & BBC

People are only just finding out how vegan sausages are made and it’s leaving them sickened.

Undoubtedly, the surge in plant-based diets stands out as one of the most significant trends observed in the past decade.

A multitude of food brands, restaurants, and cafés have embraced this movement by introducing a wide array of vegan options on their menus.

But a recent episode of Supermarkets Unwrapped: The Vegan Aisle has left viewers feeling disgusted, as it explores the real manufacturing processes behind various veggie products.

Check out how vegan sausages are made in the clip below…

In the Channel 4 documentary, doctor and TV presenter Helen Lawal ventures into Tesco to delve deeper into the rising trend of vegan burgers, while fellow presenter Kate Quilton embarks on a quest to uncover the intricate process of oat milking.

Meanwhile, Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite takes a visit to a sausage factory to observe the production of vegan sausages, while celebrity chef Briony May Williams acquired the knowledge of crafting an eggless quiche.

As viewers watch on, they slowly but surely become a lot more wary of how these specific products are being made.

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The team then embarks on an investigation as to why plant-based sausages so closely resemble their meat counterparts.

John pays a visit to Heck Foods in Yorkshire, where he has the opportunity to meet with Callum Smith, the innovations manager responsible for overseeing the production of over 600 sausages per day.

Callum elaborates on the significance of the sausage casing, sharing that it provides the meat with a satisfying ‘snap’.

Vegetarian sausages
People have been left feeling sickened after discovering how vegan sausages are made. Credit: Alamy

He explains: “We utilise a textured vegetable protein and have developed specific flavours to emulate the taste of traditional pork sausages.

“We introduce the meat-free sausage mix and a gel into this small apparatus simultaneously. The gel we use is made from alginate, derived from seaweed.”

Since airing, the programme has faced a backlash from some viewers who’ve expressed their disgust.

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One person writes: “Urgh… I rarely watch live TV but watching Supermarkets Unwrapped and feeling sick watching the food being made.”

Another says: “This Channel 4 programme really shows some disgusting concoctions in the making of vegan food.”

A third viewer adds: “If you want to be vegan, eat actual plants, not this synthetic s***.”

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Written by Ryan Wilks

Ryan is a content editor at IGV who specialises in celebrity and entertainment news. He has a degree in Magazine Journalism and Production from the University of Gloucestershire. He previously worked as a social media editor for Reach PLC’s national brands including Daily Star, Daily Express, OK! and The Mirror.