Are Sausages Healthy: What is Sausage

Are Sausages Healthy

Ask anyone! The word healthy wouldn't normally be used to describe with the much loved British sausage - perhaps, with some justification.

Breakfast cafes, supermarket shelves, butchers combine pork shoulder and/or off-cuts - some sausages may even be all trim. Wheat, Oats, Barley or other cereal grain is then mixed along with water and added to the meat. Other additives may include sulphites to delay oxidation and preserve colour. Also pretty common is the preservation of dried sausage (salami) such as chorizo and pepperoni with sodium nitrite.

The below example is a list of ingredients taken from a well-known sausage brand in one of the leading UK supermarkets:

  • Pork

  • Iodised Salt (Salt, Potassium Iodate)

  • Dextrose

  • Spices

  • Pork Fat

  • Flavour Enhancer (Monosodium Glutamate, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate)

  • Preservative (Sodium Nitrite),

With each additive carrying its own risks and health warnings from the World Health Organisation, NHS and the press, has the processed food industry gone too far?

Did you know that in ancient Britain our ancestors were preserving leftover meat with salt, herbs and spices since the Roman times? These sausages were organic, and of course naturally healthy. So we have the knowledge and the recipes to create healthy sausages, alas for most modern-day sausage maker, this is not an option. So what's changed?

The Sausage Machine

The answer is the agro-industrialisation of our food production. Most of us lead busy often hectic lives with the priorities shifting from where we will find our next meal to the daily commute and meetings, to getting home to collect the kids on time and cooking tea! Time is short and we rely on food manufacturers to produce and provide almost all of our food and to have it available at any time of day or night to satisfy our needs. We don’t always connect with the issue.

Food manufacture and distribution networks are now on a huge scale, driven by shareholder demands for growth and higher dividends. Priorities have shifted and food production has moved away from local and seasonal to worldwide and whenever. But does processing food on this scale benefit us?

Cheaper Food

The problem with fresh meat is that it is perishable. Ask any Roman and he will tell you - to keep meat, we have to preserve it – and that’s a problem for the food manufacturer – particularly as the timeline from production to consumer can be more than ten days. How do they keep it “fresh”? As demand for cheaper processed meats with a longer shelf life increases so does the science of artificial preservation - This is something we need to avoid.

Are Gluten Free Sausages Healthy?

Production of gluten-free sausage is now on an industrial scale! When these new products were first introduced we all believed we were onto a good thing - finally, a sausage without the bread!


In reality, in order to understand if a product is healthy, or not, we need to look at the small print - starting with the confusing list of ingredients and technical terms used.

The problem with many alternative flour filler/binders is the resulting inflammation in the body and associated longer-term health impacts. In terms of "E" Numbers, though they may have been deemed safe as a food additive, our bodies are often unable to recognise many of these compounds as food. Hence, the body’s ability to function normally (to know when we need to eat, and when to stop eating!) becomes confused, hormonal signals to the brain are lost in the syrupy fog of artificial preservative, inorganic compounds, and toxic anti-nutrients like sugar and legumes. Consequently, there's now mounting evidence that in this state the risk of auto-immune and degenerative disease increases significantly.

Eat Real Food!

Good nutrition comes from eating a balanced diet of natural whole foods. A healthy eating plan doesn't need to be difficult if we stick to eating a simple balanced diet of real and natural whole food.

e.g. Fat, Meat, fish, fruit, vegetable, nuts, and seeds will form the majority of a healthy diet with some dairy and butter. Avoid refined sugars, grains, legumes (such as soy, pea flour, and chickpeas) and more particularly, anything containing artificial ingredients - look at the brands of gluten-free sausages in the supermarket.

Ancestral Health

Next time you are at your local fry-up, think about what you are eating and let go of anything that does not serve. Our ancestors may not have lived to very old age, though they had innate skills and abilities that would serve them well in the hunt, skills that if we could access again would serve us well in these busy times. And the magic pill? Strip back your diet and eat simple foods, food that's as close to their natural state as possible, and don't need processing to be edible. The best advice is to ask yourself; Could I eat this food in its raw state - without becoming ill? The question is not - do I like raw steak? Rather, could I eat it if I needed to, and can my gut digest it? The answer, is of course, yes!

External Source: Eat What Your Family Ate - 500 Years Ago

The Healthy Sausage

Are sausages healthy - Generally speaking...that's a no. However they do exist, so check your labels.

Free Range Pork Sausages - Sugar, Chemical & Allergen Free

Are sausages healthy - Generally speaking...No! However they do exist, so check your labels.

The principles that guide us in producing healthy sausages are to use age-old traditions and simple real food ingredients. A kind of marriage of the Italian approach to food and ancestral diets. It's the beating heart at Primal Cut and our range of ultra-healthy sausages.
We're with you on the demands of cooking healthy options for the family, that's why our high meat content, certified gluten-free sausages aren't just gluten-free. They're an entirely free-from healthy option, to be enjoyed by all - including specialist lifestyle diets like; keto, paleo, low carb, weight loss. Finally, the depth of flavour and great taste means they're the first choice for a simple quick family meal  - convenient, delicious & healthy. WIN, WIN!!

Ideas: toad in the hole, sausage and mash, sausages with onion gravy, sausage tray bakes, and tasty soups and casseroles.

Find more... healthy sausage recipes.


Hi! I'm Kate, Co-Founder of Primal Cut, mum, wife & Primal Baker! I live in West Yorkshire on the outskirts of Ilkley from where we work (Mike and I ) to create our range of healthy paleo, grain-free food! From delicious Primal Alternative keto granolas to nutrient-dense low carb bread, from vegan wraps to healthy sausages, nitrite-free bacon & charcuterie - it's all here. The fact that grain-free works for the keto and low carb movement means our food offers convenient, time-saving alternatives that will help keep you on track during your journey back to health! For the full range of healthy and convenient food check out our shop

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