Kidding. But seriously—there’s a seaweed that is, and it tastes just like our favorite breakfast meat when cooked. According to Business Insider, researchers at Oregon State University patented a specific strain of the ocean veggie while trying to find a viable treat for abalone. If you live on the left or right coast, the type of ‘weed, which has a red tint, is commonly found there.
After realizing they potentially had the key to finally making a strong case for bacon being a super food (haha), the school tested the algae as an ingredient in various foods. Said one researcher, “When you fry it, which I have done, it tastes like bacon, not seaweed. And it’s a pretty strong bacon flavor.”
This type of discovery could be amazing for those vegan and vegetarian runners who miss out on the joy that is post-run bacon. The team at OSU is currently working on a plan to market a new line of specialty foods—one that hopefully includes this crunchy new treat disguised as seaweed. This also comes at a perfect time, as bacon appears to be a totally trending meat right now.