What is Spirulina?
- It is a type of cyanobacteria, which is a family of single-celled microbes that are often referred to as blue-green algae.
- It is used as a dietary supplement or whole food. It is also used as a feed supplement in the aquaculture, aquarium, and poultry industries.
- Just like plants, cyanobacteria can produce energy from sunlight via a process called photosynthesis.
“Spirulina is a freshwater micro-algae single cell protein. It can be grown in stagnant water and has several micronutrients apart from high protein content. It is loaded with vitamins, free ions like zinc and iron, which are essential for general health. Groundnut Chikki itself is packed with proteins and is a popular Indian snack. Spirulina, added to the Groundnut Chikki, will help boost immunity in the long run. Covid-19 or not, this is for general well-being. We have supplied tonnes of it to migrants and doctors who work for long hours,” said Dr Raghavarao, Director, Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore.