Spirulina, the super food. It really, truly deserves that title. It’s high in protein, has various properties that can help reduce the risk of disease and it’s easy and cheap to cultivate. Read on for more about this genuine superfood.
Spirulina is a type of bacteria and forms algae, so yes, we’re eating algae when we eat spirulina.
We are in good company though, NASA have experimented with growing spirulina in space!
Did I say how nutritious spirulina is?
1 tablespoon (15g) contains 8g of protein, and huge amounts of vitamins and minerals. Gram for gram, it could be considered the most nutritious food on the planet.
There’s also research on it’s anti-cancer properties, blood pressure lowering effects and anti-oxidants. The results appear positive but more research still needs to be done.
It’s also incredibly simple to cultivate, which is really important as the human race is overusing so many resources.
All in all, spirulina really does deserve the superfood label and is well worth adding to your meals.
I add a tablespoon to my morning yoghurt. I’ve tried adding it to water but the resultant sludge is quite difficult to drink! You can also get spirulina in tablet form, which I’ll give a try soon, once the bag of spirulina powder is conquered 🙂