What is Quorn? Is It Good For Weight Loss?
Mycoprotein (brand name Quorn) was developed by food scientists when searching for a cheap, vegetarian protein food with which to feed the Third World. It’s made by fermentation of the fungus, Fusarium gramineurum.
After harvesting, the fungus is filtered and drained. The resulting sheet of fungal mycelia is mixed with egg albumen which acts a binder. Flavouring and colouring can also be added.
The mycoprotein (Quorn) is then textured to resemble meat, before being sliced, diced or shredded.
Mycoprotein (Quorn) is a source of protein, fibre, biotin, iron and zinc, and is low in calories and saturated fat, which makes it ideal for healthy weight loss.
Mycoprotein has been developed by Rank Hovis McDougall, and is marketed under the name of Quorn by Marlow Foods Ltd (owned by Astra Zeneca ).
A wide range of Quorn ready meals are available including curries, pies, and casseroles, and it may also be purchased as chilled Quorn chunks. These may be grilled, sauteed, baked or casseroled.