You May Also Like

Well+Good - What's your gut type (and how is it affecting your health)?

What’s your gut type (and how is it affecting your health)?

The history of bread dates back 14,400 years

Prehistoric bread remains mean one thing: Your carb cravings are simply human nature

Dental hygiene: Should you use mouthwash?

Dentists are giving the okay to cut this staple out of your teeth-cleaning routine

The effects of coffee can come from just smell

Wake up and *literally* smell the coffee to overcome every challenge of your day

Vegan sour cream alternative uses coconut yogurt

Make a creamy vegan sour cream alternative in seconds, no blender needed

On-sale shower products you shouldn't have to live without

15 on-sale products from Target to turn your shower from blah to spa

The surprising way one company says it can cut sugar from foods


Thumbnail for The surprising way one company says it can cut sugar from foods
Pin It
Photo: ConDesign/Pixabay

Perhaps you’ve tried everything to cut back on your sugar intake—hiding goodies from your eyesight, swearing off soda, or eating more healthy fats instead. (Maybe you’ve tested this Kate Middleton-approved cravings cure as well?) Whatever your method, there’s one solution you probably haven’t tried: eating fungus.

Yes, fungus. According to an article from Quartz, a three-year-old Colorado-based startup called MycoTechnology believes that eating invisible fungi molecules (which are actually tasteless) rather than added sugar will allow a product to maintain its taste.

The philosophy is that by blocking a food’s bitterness, the less you’ll crave a sweeter taste.

“What we’ve done is create something that’s totally the opposite of a masking agent,” says Alan Hahn, co-founder and CEO of MycoTechnology. “We created a bitter blocker.”

According to the article, so many food manufacturers add sugar (and other ingredients) in order to mask the natural bitterness of foods like coffee, chocolate, and wheat-based products. And because of that, MycoTechnology is working with food companies to incorporate their fungi ingredient—called mycelium—rather than sugar.

What on earth is mycelium, you may ask? It’s the vegetative part of a fungus root system found in the soil. After it’s mixed into a food (in the production process, not physically by you, the consumer), the invisible particles attach to the bitter-detecting tastebuds on your tongue. They’re only there for 10 seconds before your saliva flushes them away—just enough time to block bitterness.

Mycelium is approved by the FDA as an all-natural flavor (no easy feat), and MycoTechnology is working with GLG Life Tech (a stevia producer), Ardent Mills (a flour producer), as well as several yogurt companies—so you might have eaten something with the mushroom ingredient already without knowing it.

At a time when sugar has become public enemy number one, innovation in the sweet tooth department is exciting to see. And can we just say that mushrooms are having a moment? From the “magic mushroom” powders credited with beauty- and health-boosting properties to mushroom tonics becoming the new lattes, fungi is definitely on our wellness radar.

Another healthy sugar alternative that you need to know about? Monk fruit. Plus, here’s our guide to all natural sweeteners.

Loading More Posts...

You May Also Like

Dental hygiene: Should you use mouthwash?

Dentists are giving the okay to cut this staple out of your teeth-cleaning routine

Blufields Swizzle Drink Butterfly Tea

This blue hibiscus swizzle is here to bring vacay vibes to your happy hour

The history of bread dates back 14,400 years

Prehistoric bread remains mean one thing: Your carb cravings are simply human nature

antoni queer eye cocktail tips

If the “Queer Eye” cast were cocktails, here’s what they’d be

Here's exactly how to get Angelina Jolie hair

Get Angelina Jolie–worthy locks using her stylist’s new plant-based hair-care line

Rihanna makeup tutorial for bronzer uses

The one product Rihanna’s makeup artist says will glow up your face *and* body