What is mycoprotein?
Mycoprotein is a protein made from Fusarium venenatum, a naturally occurring fungus.
To create mycoprotein (a), manufacturers ferment fungi spores along with glucose and other nutrients. The fermentation process is similar to what’s used to create beer. It results in a doughy mixture with a meat-like texture that’s high in protein and fiber.
According to a 2019 review trusted Source published in Current Developments in Nutrition, mycoprotein:
- is a nutritious protein source
- is high in fiber
- is low in sodium, sugar, cholesterol, and fat
- is rich in essential amino acids
- has a meat-like texture
- has a low carbon and water footprint, in comparison with chicken and beef
(a) However, a number of studies indicate that the primary ingredient used to make mycoprotein is a potential allergen, and may cause dangerous reactions if consumed.