List of Foods That Contain Algae

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Many people don't realize how common algae is to our everyday life. It is in many food and household items that people use daily, even some medicines and toothpastes. The nutritional benefits of algae are known to be extremely high. Certain types of algae can be used as a substitute for gelatin. Also, algae is a form of bacteria that is needed for dairy-based items.

A bowl of seaweed salad
A bowl of seaweed salad (Image: YelenaYemchuk/iStock/Getty Images)

Sushi

Many people don't know that the leafy vegetable in their vegetable rolls is actually algae. Green algae is used in many sushi restaurants because of its nutritional value. Also, it is a tasty complement to seafood.

Sushi on a plate
Sushi on a plate (Image: Image Source/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Dairy Products

Different types of algae are found in common dairy products. For example, carrageenan is a form of algae that is in many products. Yogurt, sour cream, mayonnaise, cheese and whipped cream all are known for possessing this form of algae. Also, agar is a form of algae that is in processed cheeses and frozen dairy desserts.

Spoonfuls of sour cream on a wooden surface
Spoonfuls of sour cream on a wooden surface (Image: merznatalia/iStock/Getty Images)

Chocolate Mixes

Most brownie mixes and hot chocolate mixes have carrageenan in them. Hot chocolate mix can also have beta carotene, which is a form of algae. Some other items that contain this are ice cream and some salad dressings.

Close up of a chocolate mix
Close up of a chocolate mix (Image: Aleksandrs Tihonovs/iStock/Getty Images)

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