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Fungus or fake meat? It's both.
Known as mycoprotein, it is marketed under the trade name Quorn (pronounced kworn) and made into a variety of products, including chicken-like nuggets, lasagna and fettuccine Alfredo -- even an alternative to ground beef, called "grounds." It's a lot of protein for a minimal amount of calories and three to four grams of fiber.
Scientists found the fungus growing on farms west of London in the 1960s and discovered that its long strands could be made into a product that mimicked the fibrous tissue of meat. The fungus is now grown through fermentation, mixed with egg and flavorings and fashioned into imitation chicken or beef.
A serving of Quorn nuggets has 180 calories, eight grams of fat (about six less than chicken nuggets), three grams of fiber and no cholesterol. A 10.6 ounce-box of the product sells for $3.69 in a Washington-area stores. Quorn lasagna has 12 grams of fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol and four grams of fiber.