Current technologies and future perspective in meat analogs made from plant, insect, and mycoprotein materials: a review

Da Young Lee1, Seung Yun Lee2, Seung Hyeon Yun1, Juhyun Lee1, Ermie Jr Mariano1, Jinmo Park1, Yeongwoo Choi1, Dahee Han1, Jin Soo Kim1, Sun Jin Hur1,*
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1Department of Animal Science and Technology, Chung-Ang University, Anseong 17546, Korea.
2Division of Animal Science, Division of Applied Life Science (BK21 Four), Institute of Agriculture & Life Science, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju 52828, Korea.
*Corresponding Author: Sun Jin Hur. E-mail:

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Received: Jun 12, 2023 ; Revised: Jul 28, 2023 ; Accepted: Aug 18, 2023

Published Online: Sep 08, 2023


This study reviewed the current data presented in the literature on developing meat analogs using plant-, insect-, and protein-derived materials and presents a conclusion on future perspectives. As a result of this study, it was found that the current products developed using plant-, insect-, and mycoprotein-derived materials still did not provide the quality of traditional meat products. Plant-derived meat analogs have been shown to use soybean-derived materials and beta-glucan or gluten, while insect-derived materials have been studied by mixing them with plant-derived materials. It is reported that the development of meat analogs using mycoprotein is somewhat insufficient compared to other materials, and safety issues should also be considered. Growth in the meat analog market, which includes products made using plant-, insect-, and mycoprotein-derived materials is reliant upon further research being conducted, as well as increased efforts for it to coexist alongside the traditional livestock industry. Additionally, it will become necessary to clearly define legal standards for meat analogs

Keywords: meat analog; plant-based; insect; mycoprotein; livestock