New innovations in food technology mean algae could be a fat substiute
Would you believe your fat-free ice cream contains algae? Or your beer? Better believe it — new developments in food technology may put the pond scum right into your food.
Don't fret, though — it's not as gross as you think. In fact, GOOD reports that the scum is being developed as a fat substitute — one that still has flavor, minus the fat. Scientists began testing algae to convert ethanol to fuel, but found that it could also convert sugars into fat. And not just any fat, the kind of healthy fats similar to those found in olive oil. Naturally, food chemists found this to be exciting — and a possbile fat substitute.