Feed is Good; Food is Better
- Hello All,And the adventure continues... The next development was inevitable. Nannochloropsis gaditana has been made available in capsules by greenharmonyliving.com. The attached 'nanno_caps.png' shows their advertisement.At a price of $49.95, they are charging $1.67 per gram. It is customary for food supplements to be put up in capsules. It won't be long before somebody gets a tabletting machine for this.The significance of Natural Zing, Oceans Alive, Green Harmony Living, and the restaurant in Cadiz that puts it in their soup selling Nannochloropsis gaditana is in setting the precedent for its use in human nutrition. These guys are the pioneers. If there are problems, they will take the heat. This precedent does not extend to other strains of Nannochloropsis, so the strain offered will have to be gaditana.I ran into a problem locating a source for Nannochloropsis gaditana. CCMP has it, but there are contractual restrictions on how their materials are used: They can't be transferred to another person, and they can't be used for internal consumption for humans or animals. These guys are no fun at all! So, I bought 16 ounces of Nannochloropsis (probably oculata) from eBay for $3.00 ($6.00 shipping). Its intended purpose seems to be as feed for copepods, so it may not be suitable for human consumption, but the price is certainly right! I felt the need to get started in familiarizing myself with Nannochloropsis, so this is what I will start with.In spite of an earlier post suggesting that the regulatory burden is no more than that involved in running a restaurant, there is more. There now exists something called SQF certification, which is part of an international food safety program. The FDA will be requiring a food safety plan within three years, and their experience with HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) will stand them in good stead. Getting SQF certification should satisfy the FDA's requirements. Essentially, what this means is that every time a food supplier does anything, it will have to be documented.---rsbRon Brown17JAN2013
- Hello All,
Here is an interesting quote, talking about Spirulina:
"This cyanobacteria is considered a ‘super
food’ by many scientists. According to a
literature review researched by Cyanotech
Corporation, Spirulina has “180% more
calcium than whole milk, 670% more protein
than tofu, 3100% more beta carotene than
carrots, 5100% more iron than spinach, and more
antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity
in 3 g of Spirulina than in five servings of
fruits and vegetables(1)."
1. Capelli B, Cysewski GR. “Potential Health Benefits of Spirulina microalgae: A review of the existing literature”. Cyanotech Corporation. 9.2 (2010).