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How One Startup Is Turning Algae Into The Health Food Of The Future

By Brian Spaen

Eating seaweed or pond scum, commonly referred to as algae, won’t be the most attractive option on the menu. However, a new food startup called Nonfood is looking to prove that it can be used in a healthy artificial food. They’ve begun production on their first food item, a chocolate meal bar called Nonbar, and they hope it opens up an avenue for similar synthetic products.

The Nonbar is low in sugar and has high levels of protein and fiber. In fact, over half of the 80-gram bar is packed with the latter two ingredients. The bar itself is made out of spirulina, lemna, algae oil, and syrup. It may not have the pizzazz of a caramel-filled chocolate bar or a hot fudge sundae, but the goal is to simply get the wheels turning on algae being a food option.

“I think right now, a lot of people still think of it as pond scum, and we want to start a conversation about the fact that algae is actually a great food source,” Sean Raspet, a founder of Nonfood, told Food Navigator-USA. “It sounds kind of grandiose, but we want to rethink what ‘food’ is, what it could be. In future, can we provide platforms enabling people to produce their own food in their own homes?”