The researchers of Oregon State University who discovered this bacon of the sea will surely have many vegan enthusiastics very eager to put their hands on it, but the nice-tasting product might also convince all those people who love meat to switch to a healthier option for their daily breakfast.
Dulse, the new seaweed, looks more like red lettuce and can be found in the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. Even if it is popular in Asia, it might be appealing to Americans as well, given how popular bacon is.
What most differentiates it from the pork product, though, is its nutritious value. The seaweed is full of minerals, antioxidants, vitamins, as well as a very high content of protein (16 percent) after it has been dried.
However, the researchers took it to the next level and were surprised to find out that it has a taste very similar to bacon after it is fried.
“It’s pretty good. I’m not sure if it’s exactly like bacon — for those who love bacon, those fatty edges that get all crispy, it doesn’t have that. But it’s probably as good a bacon substitute as you’re going to get. I think it’s got a lot of potential,” said Chris Langdon, who is the researcher who designed it.
Even if the seaweed is not yet sold in the U.S., Langdon believes it has great potential once a little marketing is done. According to him, Americans are a bit reluctant to eating seaweed but this problem could be easily solved if the product is labeled sea vegetable.
The researchers also claimed that this particular dulse strain, which was called C3, is also easy to grow and use. It was initially intended as food for abalone, but it became potential food for humans when Chris Toombs, an instructor in Oregon State’s University’s College of business started looking for projects for his students.
While it is currently quite expensive, it can be made more affordable soon, given how easily it grows.
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