Seaweed in health drink

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has collaborated with local food manufacturer YGC Group to produce a drink made from eucheuma, a type of seaweed commonly found on South-east Asian seabeds. Eucheuma is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has collaborated with local food manufacturer YGC Group to produce a drink made from eucheuma, a type of seaweed commonly found on South-east Asian seabeds.

Eucheuma is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can lower blood pressure.

Studies have also indicated that consumption may prevent cardiovascular diseases and colon cancer. Assistant Professor Yang Hongshun of NUS' Food Science and Technology Programme was the lead for the drink research project. The drink - which the team is promoting as an "everyday drink targeted at the health-conscious"- will be sold on YGC's website at the end of this month. It is being slated for commercial distribution in the second half of this year. A 150ml bottle is expected to cost $19.50.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 19, 2016, with the headline 'Seaweed in health drink'. Print Edition | Subscribe