According to a new study mycoprotein (which is entirely vegan) is considerably more effective at building muscle than milk protein.
The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Exeter found that although ‘those who ingested milk protein increased their muscle building rates by up to 60%”, those who had mycoprotein “increased their muscle growth rates by more than double this”. Mycoprotein is the primary protein source found in Quorn-brand alternative meat products.
For the study researchers studied 20 young men who underwent a strenuous resistance exercise. After the exercise the men were given either milk or mycoprotein. Their rate of muscle building were then measured in the hours following protein consumption.
As mentioned above, researchers found that mycoprotein was more than twice as effective at building muscle.
“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,” says Dr. Benjamin Wall, Associate Professor of Nutritional Physiology at the 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.”
Tim Finnigan, Chief Scientific Adviser for Quorn Foods (Quorn products use mycoprotein), says “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”.
The British Nutrition Foundation already recommends mycoprotein as a good source of dietary protein, both for everyday life and for sport and exercise.