Is the meatlike mold in Quorn really a ‘healthier’ alternative? Of all the food additives and strange-sounding ingredients readers have asked about at Food Identity Theft, the oddest of all has to be mycoprotein, sold under the brand name Quorn. Mycoprotein is not a mushroom, but a type of microscopic mold-fungi called Fusarium venenatum that is fermented in a giant tank, fed with oxygenated water, glucose and other ingredients, and then further heavily processed into a variety of “food-like” substances such as fake chicken and meat.
If you just look at the Quorn packaging or web site you would think that mycoprotein is the greatest culinary creation since flour from grain, a “natural” meatless way to “eat healthier” that was first discovered in the 1960s during a search for novel sources of protein to feed the world.
But there’s more to the mycoprotein/Quorn story than that.
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