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 plant-based diet.

Key nutritional facts:

  • Mycoprotein contains all nine essential amino acids – meaning the body cannot produce them, and so must be obtained through the diet – making it a high-quality protein, comparable to protein sources such as meat or fish.
  • Mycoprotein is high in protein, high in fiber, low in saturated fat, and contains no cholesterol. This meat-free protein contributes to a balanced plant-based eating style.

Nutritional breakdown of mycoprotein:

Nutrient Amount per 100g1
Energy (kcals) 85
Protein (g) 11
Carbohydrate (g) 3
of which Sugars (g) 0.5
Fat (g) 2.9
of which saturates (g) 0.7
w-3 Linolenic acid (g) 0.4
fiber (g) 62
b-glucan (g) 4
Calcium (mg) 42.5
Magnesium (mg) 45
Zinc (mg) 9
Iron (mg) 0.5
Potassium (mg) 100
Vitamin B1 Thiamin (mg) 0.01
Vitamin B2 Riboflavin (mg) 0.23
Vitamin B3 Niacin (mg) 0.35
Vitamin B5 Pantothenic acid (mg) 0.25
Vitamin B6 Pyridoxine (mg) 0.125
Biotin (mg) 0.02
Phosphorus (mg) 260
Copper (mg) 0.5
Manganese (mg) 6
Selenium (ug) 20
Chromium (ug) 15
Molybdenum (ug) <25
Sodium (mg) 5
Salt (g) 0.0125

1 Wet weight; ie as consumed. For conversion to dry weight, multiply by 4

2 AOAC method used

Additionally, research has been carried out on allergy and intolerance, protein quality and the fiber content. See the research page for further details.


Resources

Gold standard research and development continues to establish mycoprotein as a protein source with broad spectrum health benefits, and a low impact on the Earth. Download the 'Health Benefits of Mycoprotein' factsheet to learn more.

Health Benefits of Mycoprotein PDF - 660KB

Food and nutrition specialists may find this information sheet useful. It summarizes mycoprotein's nutritional properties and the production process behind this nutritious, meat-free protein resource. This program is eligible for Advanced Level Home Economist Study: AS unit G002 Resource Management; A2 units G003 Home Economics (Food and Health) Investigate Study; and G004 Nutrition and Food Production.

Information Sheet For A-Level Home Economics PDF - 630KB

Similarly, specialists may find this short PowerPoint presentation useful. It summarizes mycoprotein's nutritional properties and the evidence which exists at present for its health benefits.

Nutritional profile of Quorn PDF - 268KB

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Research

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.

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