There Is Now Nutrient-Rich Algae That Tastes Just Like Bacon, Because Science

This has been something that had been going around word-of-mouth for months…

The Pacific Northwest gives us lots of great consumables: Harry and David pears and wine that’ll help you burn fat among them. And now scientists at Oregon State University have developed an algae that reportedly tastes like pork belly.

Source: There Is Now Nutrient-Rich Algae That Tastes Just Like Bacon, Because Science

The article contains a link to a website (maine seaweed) from which you can purchase a similar product. it costs $32/lb + $15 for shipping.  According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average price of sliced bacon in august 2015 was $5.41 per pound in US cities, and $4.78 per pound in the Midwest.  That’s just a function of pricing a new product with no scale.  But how many vegetarian/vegan alternatives do you know of that retail for less than their mainstream counterpart?  Meat production is also heavily subsidized, which reduces the price drastically.

Vitamin loaded, fat free, basically calorie free, good protein/calorie ratio bacon?  First, the article is clear that already available dulce is not bacon flavoured.  Second, what I can’t currently find is remotely definitive nutritional data on dulce… which likely can’t be assumed against this engineered strain of dulce.  Going on the article comparing the nutritional value of kale, I’m worried that the vitamin K content is a concern.  But for most other types of seaweed, vitamin K is present (but not much).