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Micro Food for Mega Nutrition

Microalgae could be the omega-3 answer.

Microalgae and nutrition

Are you ready to think about serving marine algae for dinner? German scientists reporting in the Journal of Applied Phycology believe that microalgae could provide a viable source of health-hiking omega-3 fatty acids for humans while, at the same time, offering a more environment-friendly source of these fats than popular fish species like farmed salmon. The researchers suggest that adding microalgae-infused products to supermarket shelves could help people increase their omega-3 intakes without adding more stress to the ocean’s ecosystem. No word yet if spirulina Cheerios are coming to a grocery store near you.

Matthew Kadey, MS, RD

Matthew Kadey, MS, RD, is a James Beard Award–winning food journalist, dietitian and author of the cookbook Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sport + Adventure (VeloPress 2016). He has written for dozens of magazines, including Runner’s World, Men’s Health, Shape, Men’s Fitness and Muscle and Fitness.

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