Nannochloropsis Gaditana: New Food Ingredient

May 10, 2021

Nannochloropsis gaditana, also known as microchloropsis, belongs to the genus microchloropsis of the unicellular algae family. It is a kind of marine algae with small body, usually green or yellow green.

According to the latest report, the global microalgae market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of about 5% from 2020 to 2030, and the market value will reach 3.2 billion dollars by the end of 2030. Food and beverage will become the main application field of microalgae products.

With its high protein, high unsaturated fatty acid and green nutrition characteristics, microalgae has been welcomed by the European and American markets. Microalgae-related foods has be launched by many food companies, focusing on fresh and healthy consumption concepts.

Nannochloropsis gaditana is rich in protein, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and other essential nutrients, such as vitamins, trace mineral elements, natural chlorophyll and β-carotene. It can be collected and dried to obtain full-fat and defatted algae powder, which can be used as a variety of common and delicious foods. So far, a variety of microalgae related products have been successfully developed, such as microalgae active peptide drinks, microalgae meal powders, microalgae energy bars, microalgae nutritional drinks, microalgae children's noodles, dumplings, baking, plant meat, pressed candy, natural pigments, algae snacks, etc.

Some attention details about nannochloropsis gaditana are as follows:

1. Not suitable for infants, pregnant women and breastfeeding women, and labels and instructions should be marked as inappropriate.

2. Food safety indexes shall be implemented in accordance with the provisions of edible algae in the national food safety standards.  

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