frequently asked questions

Kernel Mycofood

What is Kernel Mycofood?

Kernel Mycofood is a 100% animal-free ingredient made from Fusarium venenatum biomass, a fungus which has already been approved for human consumption by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

What are the health and nutritional benefits of your product?

Kernel Mycofood has an excellent nutritional profile and a balanced composition with high-quality proteins, polyunsaturated fatty-acids, fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Is your product genetically modified?

Kernel Mycofood is not a genetically modified organism (non-GMO). The fungus that we use for biomass production is a 100% natural organism that has not been genetically modified or altered in any way.

Can I be intolerant to Kernel Mycofood?

According to an analysis made by the Food Allergy Research Group, University of Nebraska–Lincoln (USA), the incidence of allergic reactions remains very low, with one reaction for every 24.3 million servings. That said, Kernel Mycofood is high in protein and fiber, which may cause intolerance. Also, products developed with our ingredient may contain some allergens such as egg, milk and gluten. Always be sure to double-check for any allergy advice on a product before its consumption.

Is your product gluten-free?

Yes, Kernel Mycofood is gluten-free, except when the formulation process of a specific product based on Kernel Mycofood includes any gluten-containing ingredient. Always be sure to double-check for any allergy advice on a product before its consumption.

Is your product nut-free?

Yes, our product is nut-free, except if the formulation process of a specific Kernel Mycofood product includes nut-containing ingredients.Always be sure to double-check for any allergy advice on a product before its consumption.

Is your product able to reduce salt content?

Yes, Kernel Mycofood presents a low sodium content. Moreover, various of our new biotechnological applications based on the biomass extract of the product can be used to flavor foods without using sodium chloride.

Is your product Halal- or Kosher-certified?

Kernel Mycofood does not have any characteristic that prevents it to be Halal- or Kosher-certified, but our product has not been certified by competent authorities yet.

Does your product contain soy or other related sources?

There are no soy or soybean-derived products in Kernel Mycofood. But again, when the formulation process of a specific product based on Kernel Mycofood contemplates the use of soy or soybean-derived products, they may be present. Always be sure to double-check for any allergy advice on a product before its consumption.

Technology

What types of food byproducts do you work with?

The thermal treatment that we apply to the cultivated fungi produces a biomass extract which may be interesting for food and biotechnology companies. This byproduct contains free amino acids, proteins, monophosphate deoxyribonucleotides, nucleotides, nucleosides, nitrogenated bases, lipids, sugars and fibre, is readily dispersible in water and oil, thus providing functional properties as a food ingredient and can be used to create healthy flavoring agents.

Environment

How much CO2 do you save in your production process?

Relative to beef and chicken, the production of 1 kg of Kernel Mycofoods reduces the emissions of CO2 by 94% and 70%, respectively.

How much water is required to produce Kernel Mycofood?

To produce 1 kg of Kernel Mycofood, we use 388 L of water. Compared to beef and chicken, our production process reduces water consumption by 97% and 91%, respectively.

How much land is required to produce Kernel Mycofood?

Facilities to produce Kernel Mycofood occupy only a few hectares, typically 4 for a big facility. Compared to beef and chicken, the production of 1 kg of Kernel Mycofoods reduces the use of land by 99% and 89%, respectively.