Magic mushrooms remove gluten from wheat


Friday, 10 April, 2015


A US food technology company has developed a magic mushroom with a twist. Rather than causing hallucinations, these mushrooms remove gluten from wheat - a mind-bending concept in itself.

The mushrooms reportedly consume the gluten protein, with third-party testing showing that they removed 99.9998% of the total gluten content. The technology is claimed to work by “harnessing the purification properties of mushrooms, which are trained to consume the protein gluten”.

“The challenge in the growing gluten-free movement is formulating products that have similar flavour profiles and mouthfeel to products that are wheat based,” said Alan Hahn, CEO and Founder of MycoTechnology, the company that developed the mushroom technology.

“Our technology allows consumers the ability to introduce wheat back into their diets with great-tasting products.”

Several large manufacturers have reportedly begun using the technology to formulate gluten-free products based on wheat.

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