Why Quorn Mycoprotein?
Staying healthy is important for us all and here at Quorn we like to help you do that in the easiest and tastiest way possible. You need not look any further than Quorn mycoprotein. It’s high in protein, providing all nine essential amino acids. It’s also high in fibre, low in saturated fat and contains a number of vitamins and minerals. It’s nutritious and sustainable – it’s the future of food.
Protein that packs a punch
Quorn mycoprotein packs a powerful punch of protein, which is an important part of a healthy diet. Proteins are made of amino acids, nine of which are essential, meaning the body can’t make them itself. This is why getting protein from the foods we eat is so important – it’s essential for growth and maintenance of bone and muscle. Quorn mycoprotein is a complete protein as it contains all nine essential amino acids. Other complete proteins include cow’s milk, chicken and fish, but they tend to be higher in saturated fat. But how does Quorn mycoprotein stack up against animal protein? Amazingly, university researchers  found that people who ate Quorn mycoprotein increased their muscle growth rates twice as much as people who had milk protein instead!
If you get your protein from animal products, you’ll get far less fibre than you would from Quorn mycoprotein. Eating plenty of fibre is associated with a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. Quorn mycoprotein is high in fibre, and plant foods such as grains, beans, pulses, fruits and vegetables are also good sources of fibre. Fibre also plays a major role in good digestion and gut health – something we could all do with a bit more of.
Keeping an eye on fat
Quorn mycoprotein is low in total and saturated fat and contains no cholesterol. Fat isn’t all bad, it contains essential fatty acids that our bodies need but don’t make. Not too much mind, especially saturated fats as they can raise bad cholesterol, increasing the risk of heart disease. Animal meat is often high in saturated fats, so swapping out meat for Quorn mycoprotein is a no brainer to lower the amount of saturated fat in your diet.
Vitamins and minerals are micronutrients, which means our bodies don’t need a lot of them, but they are incredibly important for a whole range of functions to keep us ticking along nicely. Quorn mycoprotein contains a range of vitamins and minerals including folic acid, zinc, manganese and choline.
Does good, tastes good
We all want to eat better and help the environment if we can. It’s not hard, really. We don’t have to reinvent the way we eat, just change what we eat. A simple swap to incorporate Quorn mycoprotein into your mealtimes is easy, and your favourite dishes will be just as delicious.
Quorn mycoprotein is a nutritious, sustainable source of protein that takes 50%  less CO2 to get to your table than traditional meat. 50%! By choosing it, you’re not only eating better, but you are also helping the environment around you too. What’s not to like about that? If you want to find out more about the environmental benefits of Quorn mycoprotein head here.
Take that beef
Quorn Spaghetti Bolognese has 90% less saturated fat than a beef version†
Data sources: † Global average, 1. McCance and Widdowson (2019)
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We have a range of Quorn vegan products which are clearly marked on our product page.
Quorn mycoprotein, an ingredient in all Quorn products, is a unique and nutritious protein that can form part of a healthy, balanced diet. It is high in protein, high in fibre, low in saturated fat and contains no cholesterol. This high-quality protein contains all nine essential amino acids which are not produced in the body and must be obtained through the food we eat. Studies suggest that Quorn mycoprotein may help maintain healthy blood cholesterol levels and may have beneficial effects on blood glucose and insulin, hunger and energy intake. Quorn mycoprotein also contains a variety of vitamins and minerals including potassium, calcium & phosphorus, and smaller amounts of magnesium & zinc. Find out more here.
Quorn mycoprotein is used as an ingredient in all Quorn products. It is made from a natural, nutritious fungus, and is high in protein, high in fibre, low in saturated fat and contains no cholesterol. Producing Quorn mycoprotein requires 90% less land, water and carbon emissions than producing animal proteins, so it's also good for the health of our planet. Find out more here.
We have a range of gluten free products which you can find clearly marked with the gluten-free icon on our product page.
Recommended cooking instructions for all Quorn products can be found on the reverse of each pack and on the product page. For best results, we'd recommend that you follow these tried and tested instructions. If you choose to cook Quorn a different way then please make sure it is piping hot all the way through before enjoying. If you’re looking for some tasty meal inspiration then why not try one of our recipes.
Quorn is perfectly safe to reheat, so long as it has been kept nice and cool in the fridge and is eaten within 48 hours. Please ensure that the food is piping hot throughout before serving and remember, don’t reheat more than once.
Quorn first went on sale in UK in 1985, and has since served over 7 billion meals across 20 different countries. Quorn has been approved for sale by some of the world’s leading health agencies, including the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Health Canada (HC), European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Safety Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).
So it’s not just us, but also the world’s leading food regulators who are confident that Quorn is safe. The only suggestion that it isn’t has come from an American website called Centre for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). We find it puzzling that CSPI – a purported food safety organization – would be opposed to a range of safe products that bring better choice and variety to those looking to reduce the amount of meat in their diet. And it’s particularly strange given the multitude of other foods on the market today that have proven high allergenic properties where CSPI’s voice is all but silent.
Consider soy; according to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), soy is “one of the more common food allergies, especially among babies and children.” CSPI has not sounded the alarms and called for the removal of soy products from store shelves, as it has with Quorn. This is interesting, given CSPI’s collaboration with the American Soybean Association (ASA), allegedly dating back to 1991, and their rather flattering coverage of the ingredient in recent years. In 2014, CSPI’s founder, Michael Jacobson, was a featured speaker at an event sponsored by the ASA. CSPI also published a favourable report on soy later that same year. We think the public is right to wonder whether the motives behind CSPI’s long-standing campaign to disparage Quorn have been pure in nature.
You can find out more about Michael Jacobson and CSPI here.
For Further information on Quorn ingredients and allergens, please visit our dedicated page.