Forget kale, chia seeds and goji berries because scientists have discovered a new game changing superfood.
According to researchers at Oregon State University the type of seaweed called dulse tastes like delicious bacon when it’s fried, but it’s much healthier for you and has amazing nutritional benefits.
Professor of Fisheries at Oregon State University Chris Langdon told ABC News “Dulse is very healthy for you. It has fairly high protein content, about 16 per cent, and it has very good mineral compositions, trace mineral composition, a lot of iodine, antioxidants and polyphenols.”
According to the research team dulse has twice the nutritional value of kale. Move over kale and make room for dulse.
Mr Langdon anticipates dulse becoming a more common bacon replacement for people who are concerned about their cholesterol levels or people who are vegetarian or vegan.
There are plans to commercially produce dulse and there has already been a lot of interest in the product.
In fact, several chefs in Portland in Oregon, as well as the Food Innovation Centre, are already experimenting with the new ingredient. It has been added to peanut brittle and trial mix and they’ve even made candied dulse chips and added it to ice cream. Yum!
But, this superfood’s not just good for us and the tastebuds; it’s also good for the environment.
Mr Langdon told CNN News that dulse could be cultivated anywhere there is seaweed and sunshine, and it could be a good way of reducing crop-rearing’s ecological footprint.
“Globally, many folks believe that our current methods of rearing farm animals are not ecologically efficient and growing terrestrial crops often depends on the use of large quantities of freshwater for irrigation,” he said.
“The advantage of farming sea vegetables, like dulse, is that it does not depend on freshwater supplies and ecologically benefits the marine environment by removing nutrients and dissolved carbon.”
Can this delicious superfood get any better?
What do you think about dulse? Would you use it as an alternative to real bacon?