In many ways, food falls into two basic categories: healthy and unhealthy. Obviously, they’re not actually that simple, but that’s the way many people see it. Vegetables tend to be considered unequivocally healthy unless you fry them. Fried foods are considered unequivocally unhealthy. Within the realm of unhealthy foods are what is called comfort foods. Comfort foods are those kinds of foods that are so delicious and inviting that they put you in a better mood. Comfort foods also imply foods that tend to be very unhealthy. For people that are dieting and trying to lose weight, comfort foods tend to be avoided. They try to stay away from them altogether because they are full of fats, sugars, and calories you don’t need. However, there is an alternative.
Mycoprotein, also known as fungal protein, is the protein that binds fungi cells together. It is a principal component in certain kinds of mould as well as in mushrooms. It is a low-calorie, low-fat, high protein food source. When grown in a sterile environment, mycoprotein can be an incredible alternative to meat. That’s why it is the principal ingredient in the Quorn line of foods. What is Quorn? It is a line of food products that is designed to replace your unhealthy comfort foods with healthier alternatives.
For example, you might find chicken nuggets to be the height of comfort food. Many people do and they’re a common staple of kids’ diets. Well, chicken nuggets are full of fatty chicken. If you replace the chicken in the nuggets with mycoprotein, you can drastically reduce the calories in the food. Unlike other types of vegan or vegetarian substitutions, mycoprotein is a high protein ingredient that actually tastes like the protein it’s replacing. There are many different ways to flavour mycoprotein so that it tastes like chicken or any other meat. That’s what makes it so great. Because it is protein, it can be very easily made to taste like meat.
Cholesterol and Fat
In addition to reducing the number of calories in your food, mycoprotein can also reduce the risks to your heart and arteries. Meat, especially red meat, tends to be high in cholesterol and fat. In the short term, these ingredients make it more difficult to lose weight. That’s why many people avoid them. However, fat and bad cholesterol are not only cosmetic issues. They tend to clog arteries and increase blood pressure. Clogged arteries and increased blood pressure cause your heart to work that much harder, putting your heart under increased strain. That’s the kind of thing you want to avoid. Replacing your meat with mycoprotein can reduce the amount of fat and cholesterol, helping your heart.
Many people have a few foods they’re unwilling to give up. Switching to Quorn doesn’t mean that you have to give up everything you enjoy. For some people, that means switching to a Quorn replacement. For others, it means switching to a mycoprotein replacement for only certain foods.
Whatever you do, you should think about switching to healthier versions of your favourite foods for your heart and your health.