United States: Recently, it was found that replacing meat with mycoprotein, a protein extracted from fungus present in Quorn-brand frozen products, can help lower bad cholesterol by 10 percent.

The results of a new four-week study show it. Researchers compared the decrease to the benefits of switching to a Mediterranean diet, which favors whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, and healthy fats.

What the experts are saying?

Dr. George Pavis, the University of Exeter postdoctoral researcher who led the study, stated, “Previous laboratory studies, where all food eaten is controlled and alcohol and caffeine consumption regulated, have clearly shown that daily consumption of mycoprotein reduces bad cholesterol,” as The New York Times reported.

Further adding, “But this is the first study of its kind to explore the impact of such a dietary intervention in a real-world, home-based setting where participants were not restricted in terms of what else they consumed or did.”

According to him, while adding more about the study he mentioned, “But this is the first study of its kind to explore the impact of such a dietary intervention in a real-world, home-based setting where participants were not restricted in terms of what else they consumed or did.”

How was the study conducted?

In this practical study, 72 overweight adults with high cholesterol were divided into two groups. Thirty-nine participants continued to consume meat and fish products as part of their regular diet, while 33 people were provided with Quorn, a convenient and easily accessible mycoprotein alternative.

Findings of the study

Compared with 180 grams of Quorn—which is more than half the weight of meatless grounds or meat substitutes—people who ate those meatless products experienced an average 13 percent drop in blood glucose levels and a 27 percent decrease in the level of C-peptide.

If the results show high C-peptide levels, a person may need to seek a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis.

They found that, after one month, their harmful cholesterol level was 0.3 milligrams per deciliter lower.

The same effect can also be seen with a 0.39 millimeter per liter decrease in bad cholesterol, as it would decrease the risk of heart disease and cardiovascular disorder by approximately 25 percent, The New York Times.

According to the authors, whose study was published in January in the Clinical Nutrition Journal, future research should examine the long-term effects of eating Quorn.

Status of diabetes and cholesterol among Americans

This report comes amid nearly 2 in 5 American adults having high cholesterol and about 1 in 10 Americans having diabetes.

Research has shown that the Mediterranean diet is the secret formulae for lowering the bad cholesterol and addressing issues circling around blood sugar level.

Sam Blunt, Quorn’s director of sustainability and corporate affairs, stated, “While the benefits of adopting a Mediterranean diet are clear, it’s not always easy to do, and this study highlights how, by simply introducing Quorn products into their diet regularly, people may be able to quickly reduce their cholesterol levels and improve their heart health with minimal effort,” as the New York Post reported.

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