You’re not alone in wanting a more sustainable wellness-oriented lifestyle. Healthy living has begun to blend with a craving for a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle, and according to a 2016 survey, 62.4 percent of consumers said that they preferred to work out at a gym if it uses environmentally-friendly equipment. What about your nutrition needs? Where does a sustainable lifestyle come in?
Options like organic produce and grassfed beef have exploded in popularity, but for an even more ecologically sound option, fresh spirulina can push your health and sustainability to the next level. That’s why SP2 has its name: Sustainable Protein.
As far back as 1974, the United Nations named spirulina one of the best foods for the future, and in 2008, a UN Food and Agriculture Organization report proclaimed that there is a need for both national governments and inter-governmental organizations to re-evaluate the potential of spirulina to fulfill both their own food security needs as well as a tool for their overseas development emergency response efforts.
SP2 is a fresh, all natural spirulina that’s the most nutrient-dense microalgae available, packed with all nine essential amino acids, plus antioxidants, vitamins—including a full range of B vitamins—and minerals.
Spirulina is one of the only foods outside of animal-based products providing amino acids like leucine, and has 670 percent more protein than soy-based tofu. Unlike soy crops, which demand space and water that are causing issues like deforestation in Latin America, our spirulina is harvested sustainably—mindfully grown, harvested, and shipped to get the best and healthiest product to our consumers.
Spirulina production uses less water than any other grow-crop vegetable—to produce a kilogram of spirulina,less than 500 liters of water is used. A comparable kilogram of rice uses 3400 liters, and beef uses a whopping 15,400 liters per kilogram. And even the pesticide-free water used to grow spirulina isn’t wasted: the small percentage of water changed out of ponds where SP2 is harvested is recycled for agriculture around our production facility. That not only conserves water, but has yielded significant increases in crop yield because of the highly nutritious content of the water we’re recycling—and no pesticide or herbicide runoffin the process.
The entirety of the harvested spirulina is used, unlike other fruit and vegetable crops where root, stem, and leaf systems are all by-products. A recent report showed that even at harvest, almost 40 percent of vegetables are tossed for being ‘ugly,’ a problem that a microalgae will never have. And the entirety of the plant is used: SP2 offers almost five grams of protein per 27-calorie serving, plus a 95 percent absorption rate so that no nutrients and amino acids are left undigested and processed. (Compare that to using dried and powdered forms: Laboratory tests have shown that vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids are destroyed at a 30 to 90 percent rate during processing and drying.) Because SP2’s frozen and fresh delivery system allows for the preservation of virtually all of the nutrients present during harvesting, nothing is being wasted in the process.
Swapping the occasional serving of meat in favor of spirulina can help cut greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 10 times per serving according to recent research. SP2 fresh spirulina is grown in Israel in controlled, non-GMO and pesticide-free conditions. Our process emphasizes the quality and safety of food, from the level of the best raw materials and high water quality, through the sanitary conditions and monitoring of the cultures and growth in the greenhouses.
You being healthy helps promote healthy activity: You’re more inclined to walk to work and skip the drive if you’re feeling great. As a vegan, gluten-free and 100-percent natural nutrient powerhouse of a food, adding SP2’s fresh frozen spirulina to your daily intake is a 27-calorie way to ensure that your nutrition as an athlete is more balanced. When adding the tasteless, odorless spirulina to a smoothie doesn’t change anything except the color, that’s the ideal form for spirulina—and that’s what SP2 provides.But more importantly, the frozen form provides 150 percent more nutritional value than dried spirulina options, and has an absorption rate of 95 percent.