Quorn mycoprotein is more effective at building muscle.
Mycoprotein is a natural and nutritious fungus that grows in the soil, used as the main ingredient in Quorn products, a popular meat-substitute brand.
In a recent study carried out by the University of Exeter, it has been discovered that the protein-rich food source known as mycoprotein, is a greater post-exercise muscle stimulant than the proteins found in milk.
Milk protein is a common ingredient found in protein powders and other nutritional supplements, however, despite the belief that animal-derived products are reliable and effective sources of protein, the new study actually proves that this is not necessarily the case.
The results of the test showed that although the test subjects who ingested the milk proteins increased their muscle building rate by up to 60 per cent, those who were given the mycoprotein doubled this figure, proving that mycoprotein is a more effective source of protein to aid with muscle growth.
Associate Professor of Nutritional Physiology at the University of Exeter, Dr Benjamin Wall commented: “These results are very encouraging when we consider the desire of some individuals to choose non-animal derived sources of protein to support muscle mass maintenance or adaptations with training,”
“Our data show that mycoprotein can stimulate muscles to grow faster in the hours following exercise compared with a typical animal comparator protein (milk protein) – we look forward to seeing whether these mechanistic findings translate to longer-term training studies in various populations.”