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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. 

“Dr. Stephen Mayfield, one of the study co-authors and director of the California Center for Algae Biotechnology, said in a press release, "Many of us have known the potential of algae for food for years, and have been working on it as a food source, but now, with climate change, deforestation, and a population of eight billion people, most everyone realizes that the world simply has to become more efficient in protein production."

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.

Marina is passionate about sustainability and works to help ensure our planet stays as our home for a long time. She takes part in environmental conservation by recycling and not buying single-use plastic.

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