Algae may act as nutritional supplement, holiday recipe substitution

Algae may replace flour or eggs in holiday treats.Though it may be an unexpected addition to any recipe, algae has nutritive properties that may make it a viable nutritional supplement and even holiday cookie ingredient, according to Fast Company.

The news source reports that more than just a potential source of bio-fuels for cars, algae may be a suitable source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamins and minerals.

Bioproduct production companies are currently using algae to make everything from baby formula to milk and cookies, which the business media website adds may be more heart healthy than Santa’s traditional fare.

Algae can be dried and pounded into a form of flour that contains a protein- and fiber-rich oil, which may be used to replace oil, butter or even eggs when making holiday cookies.

The food source is already heavily consumed in Asian countries, particularly China and Japan, which use dozens of algal varieties to produce food products and .

The website concludes that algae’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties may improve heart health while reducing the fat and calorie loads in most holiday meals.