Some nutritional supplements and substitutes are in fact significantly more interesting and functional-diverse substances – a new study of microbiologists from the University of Exeter in the UK speaks about this and decided to find out what unique properties the so-called Quorn product has. It is a vegetarian alternative to meat, which includes all the same components and trace elements, but of plant origin – as well as a special mycoprotein grown using special fungal colonies and the manufacturer itself.
This food product has recently become very widespread in the UK and several other European countries as a safer and more effective substitute for traditional meat protein – it contains almost the same complex as in meat, but it also has a noticeably lighter metabolic process. The specialists decided to conduct a study and compare the mycoprotein of the plant type and the animal in the context of systematic physical activities and training.
Twenty adult healthy men who regularly play sports and who were divided into two groups took part in their testing – the first after training received the Quorn mycoprotein and the second traditional animal protein. After several weeks of such an experiment, the results showed that when taking Quorn protein, the subjects increased an average of 40% more muscle mass and faster, moreover, in comparison with those who consumed normal meat protein.
This is due, as experts say, primarily to the fact that Quorn protein does not contain as much water as a regular animal – besides this, it also has a more pronounced degree of metabolic process, which cannot but affect the overall increase his level of security. So soon, experts will take another additional study to determine the other properties of this protein.