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.

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.

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).

Sustainability

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.

Research

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

VanDurme P, et al. (2003) Allergy to ingested Mycoprotein in a patient with mould spore inhalant allergy. J Allergy & Clin Immunol 112(2): 452-454.

Katona S, Kaminski ER. (2002) Sensitivity to Quorn mycoprotein (Fusarium venenatum) in a mould allergic patient. J Clin Pathol 2002;55:876–879 http://jcp.bmj.com.

Shand AG. (2002) Investigation into adverse reactions to Mycoprotein. MD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

Blood Lipids

Turnbull WH, et al. (1998) Myco-protein as a Functional Food: Effects on Lipemia, Glycemia and Appetite Variables. Proc. 16th Intnl Cong Nutr.

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

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

General Review

Miri T, Barigou M, Fryer PJ, Cox PW. (2005) Flow induced fiber alignment in mycoprotein paste. Food Res. International. 38 1151 – 1160.

Wheelock V. (1993) Quorn: a case study of a healthy food ingredient. Br Food J 95(5):40-44.

Sadler M. (1991) Mycoprotein in the British Diet. In: General Practitioners Yearbook. pp. 515-518. Cited In: Marlow Foods, 2001.

Glycemia/Insulinemia

Frost G, Bottin J, Finnigan TJA. Mycoprotein reduces energy intake and improves insulin sensitivity without altering GLP-1 and PYY concentrations in overweight adults. Am J Clin Nutr.

Turnbull WH, Ward T. (1995) Myco protein reduces glycemia and insulinemia when taken with an oral glucose tolerance test. Am J Clin Nutr 61 (1) 135-140.

Turnbull, WH, et al. (1998) Myco-protein as a Functional Food: Effects on Lipemia, Glycemia and Appetite Variables. Proc. 16th Intnl Cong Nutr. (included as reference 12).

Nutrition Science

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.

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

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

Satiety

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. (1993) Acute Effects of Myco-protein on Subsequent Energy Intake and Appetite Variables. Am J Clin Nutr 58 (4): 507-512. Accessible at https://www.mycoprotein.org/files/Turnbull_et_al_satiety.pdf.

Bottin, J Swann, JR Cropp, E Chambers, ES, Ford, HE, Ghatei, M and Frost GS (2016) Mycoprotein reduces energy intake and post prandial glucose release without altering glucagon like peptide-1 and peptide tyrosine-tyrosine concentrations in healthy overweight and obese adults: a randomised control trial. British Journal of Nutrition 116, 360 – 374.

Sustainability

Tilman D, Clark M. Global diets link environmental sustainability and human health. Nature 2014; Nov 27 (515):518-522. doi:10.1038/nature13959.

Khoury CK, et al. Increasing homogeneity in global food supplies and the implications for food security. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Mar 18; 111(11): 4001–4006.

Ranganathan J, et al. Shifting Diets for a Sustainable Food Future. Working Paper, Installment 11 of Creating a Sustainable Food Future. Washington, DC: World Resources Institute. Accessible at http://www.worldresourcesreport.org.