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Scientists Have Discovered A Type Of Seaweed That Tastes Like Bacon But Is Healthy Like Kale

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Scientist Chris Langdon told BuzzFeed News that he and others at OSU have been working with the type of the seaweed, called dulse, for years.

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The type of dulse was patented in the late 1990s. Langdon and his colleagues originally focused on growing it as food for a type of fish called abalone.

After completing their research, Langdon said they stopped working with the dulse, until last year. At that time, a colleague from the school of business approached Langdon about studying the seaweed for human food.

"[It] turns out there was a really favorable response," Langdon said.

The strain of dulse has since been turned into many other food products, like crackers and salad dressing. But researchers found that when the dulse was fried, it tasted a lot like bacon. "[It has a] savory, smoky taste when you try it," Langdon explained.

Of course, the seaweed doesn't taste exactly like bacon. Langdon says the texture is different, but it is a viable alternative. "I think people who are vegan or vegetarian would probably be very interested in this as a bacon substitute," he said.

You can buy dried dulse at health food stores in the U.S., but Langdon said the type he worked on isn't being sold commercially yet.

He said the research into the product is still in the beginning stages, and the scientists would need a private company to take an interest in it to be able to start producing it for human consumption widely.

"It's gonna require private companies to step up to take it to the next level," he said.