People who visit the gym frequently, and are working hard to build those muscles, understand how protein becomes a quintessential part of their diet. Today’s latest discovery found that protein found in Quorn does better than the typical whey protein shakes we’re accustomed to. The question is, should you switch?
A team of researchers from the University of Exeter conducted the study — the same team who are understanding Quorn’s composition and how these plant-based proteins are a better choice for muscle development compared to animal-derived protein sources.
Proteins are a great source of amino acids and an efficient muscle builder, especially for those coming after a workout. Mainly, proteins help the muscles repair itself from a cellular level and encourages these muscles to grow during its repair process.
In the typical human diet, protein is a source of around 10% to 15% of the body’s energy and is the second most common compound in the body, behind water.
According to the British Nutrition Foundation, adults should at least consume 0.75g of protein each day per kg of body weight. This is equal to 56g per day for someone who weighs 75kg (118lbs) — about the amount found in two chicken breasts.
But for active people, they need to consume more protein for repairing muscles and recovering after exercise.
Popularly, most fitness enthusiasts opt to choose whey protein shakes as a post-workout snack to supply the much-needed protein in their bodies efficiently and conveniently.
Meanwhile, mycoprotein takes it even further.
Mycoprotein comes from a type of fungi found in soil called Fusarium Venenatum. The data presented at the European College of Sport Science (ECSS) conference demonstrated that it is a more effective source of protein to support post-exercise muscle building compared to animal-sourced protein.
“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,” said Dr. Benjamin Wall, Associate Professor of Nutritional Physiology, University of Exeter.
“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.”
Particularly, Quorn claims that mycoprotein is the core ingredient in all its products. And according to their research, mycoprotein performed twice as much than regular whey proteins compared to the typically animal-sourced milk protein.
In their experiment, the researchers had 20 healthy and trained young men consume protein shakes after performing a regular leg workout. In one set, they were made to have mycoprotein-based shakes, while the other took the typical animal-based shake.
Their muscle building rates were then measured using stable isotope labeled “tracers” in the hours following protein consumption.
Based on the results, milk protein increased muscle building rates by 60%. Meanwhile, mycoprotein increased muscle building rates by more than double (the article did not provide the exact number of growth gained).
If anything holds, it’s that mycoprotein poses as a great alternative to meat and animal-based food. Also, it has great potential to supplement the rising lack of protein consumption globally and decrease the reliance on meat.
The British Nutrition Foundation already recommends mycoprotein as a good source of dietary protein, both for everyday life and for sport and exercise.
Tim Finnigan, Chief Scientific Adviser for Quorn Foods, said “we’re excited to see this data being presented by the University of Exeter at ECSS. In a world where many people are trying to cut back on their meat consumption, either for environmental or health reasons, we’re happy to be able to offer an alternative protein that can provide exceptional nutrition and muscle growth, all while being meat-free.”
In conversations whether mycoprotein — which The Exeter University considers as unique to Quorn products — can replace the typical milk-based whey protein shakes; it may, however, be challenging to serve to most fast-paced customers.
Primarily, typical whey protein shakes is a simple solution that works effectively. The steps to prepare is a no brainer — you’ll just have to mix the powdered milk with water in a canister and drink it throughout the day.
Meanwhile, with Quorn, you’ll have to go through the nitty-gritty — especially in preparing your full meal made of Quorn products. In a sense, you need to allocate a significant amount of time to do so.
And for people rushing after a gym workout, and are not typically looking for a full meal made of Quorn product to supply their protein needs, the idea becomes less of a practical method. So unless Quorn makes a protein shake that caters to its on-the-go customers, the typical milk-based protein is going to stay.