Algae are beneficial because of their high concentration of protein and other dense nutrients. However, to get a lot of these benefits, one would have to consume a very large amount of it, which is why we don’t tend to make seaweeds a staple of our diets, choosing instead to eat other foods with higher levels of the same nutrients. Algae are in almost everything we eat, because it is the base of many food chains, especially aquatic ones. For example, fish rich in fatty acids get those nutrients because they eat fish that eat a lot of plankton.
(via Plant Talk » Algae: Under the Microscope and In Your Food | NYBG)
Much of our research here at NYBG centers on the humble algae—and it tends to turn up in some surprising places! ~LM