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Mmm, algae. No, really — it could be your next superfood, if you grow it the way Aaron Wolf Baum does. He’s an algae scientist who was studying alternative fuels before he decided he’d rather fuel people. He uses Spirulina, a type of blue-green algae, and says a spoonful — of which he eats up to 10 per day — approximates the nutrients of a whole salad in your diet. Spirulina is notable for its lack of cellulose, says Baum, making it easy for the body to absorb. Plus, it’s rich in protein and other vitamins and minerals.

Nathan Hurst

Nathan Hurst

Nathan Hurst is an editor at Make. He loves anything having to do with science or bicycling. He tweets as @nathanbhurst.


  • dbarak

    I’ve been taking spirulina tablets for two or three years now. As I understand it, they provide some or all of the nutrients I would other wise miss by being a vegetarian. For those about to embark on the spirulina wagon – be prepared for a period of time while you adjust to the aquarium smell. ; )

    EDIT: I take four tablets a day. I would imagine that since they’re compressed into tablet form, they might be the equivalent of five or six spoonfuls.

  • Edward Whalley

    I used Make’s ideas about growing spirulina in my book “Yersinia: a gram-negative romance”….

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