La nutrizione globale
Spirulina: microalga or macropossibility? An alternativeprotein source with potential developments
1UOS di Nutrizione ArtificialeOspedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù,Roma
In many developing countries of the world there is a highrate of protein malnutrition. For this reason, research isalways looking for alternative sources of protein.Microalgae can be qualified as an unconventional sourceof proteins, in fact proteins extracted from Spirulinaplatensis have a high nutritional quality even compared toother proteins of animal and vegetable origin. One of themain objections to the consumption of S. platensisbiomass is linked to its organoleptic characteristics butusing the protein fraction alone it can improve consumers’acceptance. Given the many benefits of S. platensisproteins, there are still few studies in the scientificliterature on nutritional benefits, nutritional properties andinteraction with other Spirulina ingredients.