Saturday 9 February 2013

30 Days of Vegetarian: Day 24 - Quorn and Micoprotein

I had quorn mince and pasta for dinner tonight. Was pretty much like mince, the taste wasn't the same - that I can remember - but it was still very nice. Mixed in some garlic and onion tomato sauce and filled up my stomach.

I did look into quorn and what it actually is. I just assumed it was something like tofu that was made to be mince. Then I found out this bit of information; Quorn is a micoprotein and quorn is just the brand name like kleenex for tissues. So then of course I had to go looking into what micoprotein is and this is where I get confused.

Micoprotein is produced by a fungus called Fusarium which is provided with nutrients and then produces the protein rich Micoprotein. This micoprotein is extracted and flavoured to taste like meat, as micoprotein does not taste of anything.

Another site stated that mycoprotein (don't even know which is the right way to spell it!) is an ingredient common to all Quorn products. It's a health, meat-free form of high quality protein and is also a good source of dietary fibre.

So, this makes me believe that Quorn is healthy to eat. Unlike tofu. Until someone proves me wrong with quorn too. Then I'l be all confused again.


  1. The problem with soy is that the demand for it means that non organic brands harvest/manufacture and process the soy products too early, to get it on shelves sooner and that's the part that makes it unhealthy. Soy can also promote oestrogen in the body if you're eating it daily. But a bit every know and then isnt that bad - particularly if you eat organic brands that are as unprocessed as possible! :)

  2. Yeah, I am not eating it daily, but will probably be doing it once or twice a week, which I assume is not a bad thing!