Protein bars, noodles, protein-rich processed foods — all coming from algae! Would You try them?
Algae could find its way to our dinner plates in the coming years. The human population grows, so there’s an increased need for protein, and algae could become a dietary staple.
According to TreeHugger, algae has nutritional benefits and can be grown sustainably. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, are saying it’s a good food source.
The term algae encapsulates a range of aquatic organisms, from huge kelp to microscopic single-cellular organisms. But, the new study focuses specifically on microalgae.
Scientists found algae has a protein content ranging from 27% to 70%. For example, eggs are around 13%, and meat is around 22%. Moreover, algae are full of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
This makes algae a powerhouse. We could see them being used as bulk protein, for example, protein bars or processed foods that need high protein content. Ultimately, we could see algae replacing 25% of European protein consumption and 50% of vegetable oil consumption.
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