Micro-algae milk, anyone?


Sophie's Bionutrients, a Singapore-based food production technology company, has developed a pure micro-algae-based milk replacement. The new milk product said to be the first globally is safe for those with lactose intolerance.
The milk alternative dairy replacement used the company’s signature micro-algae protein flour with the same essential amino acids as micro-algae. The flour is then homogenised with water to create the dairy-free milk alternative. The dairy alternative is said to be comparable in nutritional value to cow's milk. However, the protein value can be elevated by up to 50% by altering ratios in the water-soluble micro-algae flour. The sample alt-milk produced has a similar texture to nut-based milk. However, it needs refinement to mimic the creamy texture of dairy.
The company said the pressure to find sustainable and cost-effective alternative food solutions is increasing daily. With the world's population expected to reach 9.7 billion by the year 2050, the number of the global middle class will also rise and increase demand for more expensive meat-based diets. Considering these challenges, the company said a significant shift in people's values and food consumption habits in recent years. And this is leading to a growing inclination towards producing and purchasing more sustainable food products.

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