Mycoprotein is a unique and nutritious protein that can be part of a balanced diet and also supports the health of the planet.

It is high in protein, high in fiber, low in saturated fat, and contains no cholesterol.

What is Mycoprotein?

Mycoprotein is a unique and nutritious protein that can be part of a balanced diet and also supports the health of the planet.

The Mycoprotein Story

Back in the early 1960s, experts were concerned that the predicted growth in the world’s population would lead to global food shortages and widespread famine…

Mycoprotein Factsheet

Did you know that the work to find this alternative protein source for humans began in the 1960s? Download our factsheet here to read more.

Health + Nutrition

Mycoprotein is a unique and nutritious protein that can be part of a balanced diet and also supports the health of the planet.

It is a no-cholesterol, low-saturated fat, high in protein and high fiber, meat-free protein that can be part of a balanced diet.

Satiety Benefits

Mycoprotein has been examined for its potential to help regulate hunger and appetite. Early findings suggest diets rich in mycoprotein possess important benefits associated with appetite regulation (Bottin et al 2016).

Cholesterol Benefits

Unlike meat proteins, mycoprotein is completely free from cholesterol and studies suggest that it helps maintain normal blood cholesterol levels, and may lower LDL cholesterol levels, to support heart health.


Mycoprotein is a unique and nutritious protein that uses less land, water, and green-house gas emissions than animal proteins, so it’s good for the health of our planet.

As the population grows and culture changes, the demand for alternative, complete protein options continues to increase.


Quorn Foods is committed to rigorous and robust research and development that will continue to establish mycoprotein as a protein source with multiple health benefits, and a lower impact on the Earth than animal protein.

Allergy and Intolerance

Tee RD, Gordon DJ, Welch JA, et al. Investigation of possible adverse allergic reactions to mycoprotein (“Quorn”). Clin Exp Allergy 1993; 23:257–60.

Marlow Foods. (2001) GRAS Notification for Mycoprotein. (Submitted as: U.S. FDA, 2002 – GRN 091). Submitted by: North Yorkshire, UK: Marlow Foods Ltd.

Hoff M, et al. (2003) Immediate-type hypersensitivity reaction to ingestion of mycoprotein (Quorn) in a patient allergic to molds caused by acid ribosomal protein P2. J Allergy Clin Immunol 111(5): 1106-1110. 

Blood Lipids

Ruxton CS, McMillan B. (2010) The impact of mycoprotein on blood cholesterol levels; a pilot study. Brit Food Journal 112 (10), 1092 -1101.

Turnbull WH, et al. (1990) Effect of Myco-protein on Blood Lipids. Am J Clin Nutr 52(4) 646-650.

Turnbull WH, et al. (1992) Myco-protein Reduced Blood Lipids in Free Living Subjects. Am J Clin Nutr 55, 415-419.

General Review

Denny A, Aisbitt B and Lunn J. (2008) Mycoprotein and health. BNF Nutrition Bulletin 33: 298 – 310.

Finnigan TJA. (2011) Mycoprotein: origins, production and properties. In Handbook of Food Proteins (ed GO Philips and PA Williams), pp 335 – 352. Woodhead Publishing Ltd.

Knight N, Roberts G, Shelton D. (2001) The thermal stability of Quorn pieces. Int. J. Food Sci. Tech. 36 (1), 47-52.


Marks L. (2005) Effects of mycoprotein foodstuffs on glycaemic responses and other factors beneficial to health. PhD Thesis. University of Ulster.

Bottin J, Cropp E, Finnigan TJA, Hogben A, Frost G. (2012) Mycoprotein reduces energy intake and improves insulin sensitivity compared to chicken. Proc ECO. Lyon May 2012.

Bottin J, Cropp E, Ford H, Betremieux L, Finnigan TJA, Frost G. (2011) Mycoprotein reduces insulinaemia and improves insulin sensitivity. Proc Nutr Soc 70 E372.

Nutrition Science

Edwards DG, Cummings JH. (2010) The protein quality of mycoprotein. Proc Nutr Soc 69(OCE4): E331.

Quigley ME, Englyst HN. (1992) Determination of neutral sugars and hexosamines by HPLC with pulsed amperometric detection. Analyst 117, 1715 – 1718.

Dunlop MV, Kilroe S, Bowtel J, Finnigan TJA, Salmon D, Wall B. (2017) Mycoprotein represents a bioavailable and insulinotropic non-animal derived dietary protein source: a dose-response study. British J Nutr. In Press.


Bottin J. (2014). Nutritional and surgical influences on appetite regulation and body composition in overweight and obese humans. PhD Thesis. Imperial College London.

Burley VJ, et al. (1993) Influence of High Fiber Food (Myco-protein) on Appetite: Effects of Satiation (Within Meals) and Satiety (Following Meals). Euro J Clin Nutr 47, 409-418.

Turnbull WH, et al. (1991) The Effect of Myco-protein on Hunger, Satiety and Subsequent Food Consumption, in Obesity in Europe 9 1: 67-70, ed. Ailhaud G. et. al.


Blonk H, et al. (2008) Milieueffecten van Nederlandse consumptie van eiwitrije producten. Gevolgen van veranging van dierlijke eiwitten anno 2008. Blonk Milieu Advies Gouda.

Finnigan TJA. (2012) Mycoprotein; origin, production and properties. In: Handbook of Food Proteins Ed Phillips, GO and Williams, PA. Woodhead Publishing, 333 – 352.

Finnigan TJA. (2010) Mycoprotein LCA and the Food 2030 challenge. Aspects Appl Biol. 102 81 – 90.