«Bloom»...

@topffer (30521)
France
November 12, 2017 10:40am CST
@allknowing started today a discussion about «poop pills» to cure some diseases. «Birds of a feather flock together», and it gave me the idea to write a few lines about «Bloom» , a kind of yogurt maker to produce spirulina at home, developed by a French startup. Spirulina is a micro-alga very rich in vegetable proteins, and a «Bloom» machine can produce 50 to 100 g per week of fresh spirulina, bringing as many calories than a steak. «Bloom» is delivered with a live strain of spirulina and bottles of nutriments for 590 Euros. It looks a bit expensive, but not that much as 1 kg of spirulina is worth about 150 Euros today. «Bloom» won a world prize for innovation last year and its inventors present it as the best invention for a kitchen since the micro-wave. Personally, I would hesitate to put this machine in my kitchen. The nutriment needed to grow spirulina is usually made up of nitrogen and phosphorus. In other words the best nutriment is... urine ! I do not know what is sold in the bottles of nutriments coming with «Bloom» but I would bet that it does not smell good. I do not want to undermine three years of efforts needed to perfect this new technological wonder, but... it is not for me ! Would you like to have a «Bloom» spirulina maker ? The photo of «Bloom» comes from the site of the startup. I do not give the link because it is a commercial site.
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@LadyDuck (121318)
• Switzerland
12 Nov
I will not show your discussion to my husband, you may guess he wants that thing. I do not know why he has always been so obsessed by the great properties of Spirulina, that it's expensive and not easy to get. Please don't say him a word.
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@topffer (30521)
• France
12 Nov
He is vegetarian ? Spirulina is a luxury food, I tasted it once and did not found it good. If I had known that this alga was eating urine, I would not have tried it.
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@LadyDuck (121318)
• Switzerland
12 Nov
@topffer No, he is not vegetarian, but he says that spirulina is excellent source of vitamins A, B12, iron, manganese and chromium (among others). He needs B12, so he is a fan of this thing. I did not try, the smell prevented me to try.
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@topffer (30521)
• France
12 Nov
@LadyDuck I prefer a real steak for proteins. I read that B12 produced by spirulina and other algae was probably not useful for humans, although they are sold like vegan sources of B12.
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@pgntwo (21696)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
12 Nov
I think I'll pass on that offer, thank you. It is an eye-catching photo though...
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@topffer (30521)
• France
12 Nov
They do not tell what is in the nutriment, but I have an idea about it. I thought at this machine when @allknowing suggested that the doctors should better not tell what was in the "poop pills".
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@pgntwo (21696)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
12 Nov
@topffer Amazing what idle minds can think to do on a damp, cold Sunday afternoon
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@topffer (30521)
• France
12 Nov
@pgntwo I am feeling guilty now that you write this. I need to analyze and transcribe a lot of old written documents and I "forgot" this chore. Time for evening meal, it will be for tomorrow.
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@JudyEv (100393)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov
It seems some people will eat, or drink, just about anything.
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@topffer (30521)
• France
12 Nov
They should investigate. The inventors of this machine do not tell what ingredients are entering in the recipe of the nutriment needed to grow this luxury food.
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@JudyEv (100393)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Nov
@topffer They say that soy milk in a more natural form is brown but then it wouldn't sell so they put 'stuff' in it to make it a more acceptable white colour. I'm not sure if that's true or not.
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@topffer (30521)
• France
13 Nov
@JudyEv I bought a machine to prepare plant milks. It is a sort of mix between a blender and a coffee maker. I tried rice milk and almond milk, and they were less good than those bought in shops. I am sure they add ingredients in their milks. I never tried soy milk, I do not like the taste.
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@allknowing (55691)
• India
13 Nov
Better than guzzling down urine which is a therapy doing the rounds here in India.
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@topffer (30521)
• France
13 Nov
You have interesting therapies in India!
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@allknowing (55691)
• India
13 Nov
@topffer That does not mean I go for it
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@BarBaraPrz (17521)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
12 Nov
Basically, it's pond scum.
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@topffer (30521)
• France
12 Nov
True, but it is more easy for many to grow spirulina in this machine than in a pond.
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@BarBaraPrz (17521)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
12 Nov
@topffer Granted.
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@thelme55 (11777)
• Germany
13 Nov
Not for me as well. I heard about spirulina but I did not know it is too expensive.
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@topffer (30521)
• France
13 Nov
It is a luxury food... and it does not taste good !
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• Pamplona, Spain
13 Nov
I took spirulina once and never again although the spirulina is probably not to blame but the way they make it and say its a miracle cure too. Made me feel all woozy and I found alternatives to it and I was much better when I stopped taking it. Do not like the sound of that stuff either at least not for me thank you very much. Please note I do not think that it was proper spirulina that grows naturally rather something they grew in a tank somewhere.
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@topffer (30521)
• France
13 Nov
Grown in a tank... like this one ! I took spirulina once and I did not liked the taste, but I did not noticed any side effect. What was it supposed to cure ? I see it only like a good source of proteins for vegetarians, like tofu.
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• Pamplona, Spain
13 Nov
@topffer Oh tofu is another one I tried and no no no. Niet, niet, niet just do not like it. Thank you I much prefer pata negra (jamon serrano) any day of the week. To each his own of what they might like. A third one is that soy they say is fantastic and its awful like that drink called the wonder drink "Ensure" yuk and double yuk.
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@topffer (30521)
• France
13 Nov
@lovinangelsinstead21 I dislike soy milk. Some soy yogurts are edible, but I would also prefer pata negra (it is expensive in France, maybe overtaxed as we have also local hams). There are various kinds of tofu, I can eat smoked tofu times to times, but it is not something that I would buy every week.
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@much2say (35391)
• United States
16 Nov
I've seen products with this spirulina in it . . . powders, teas, capsules . . . but not a machine to cultivate it in the home! Hmmmm, it may be nutritious . . . but I don't think I'd want to bother growing my own . . . it's just one of those things I'd just rather not know what goes into it .
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@topffer (30521)
• France
16 Nov
The inventors of this machine do not tell what ingredients are in the nutriment. Maybe it would dissuade a few people to buy it.
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@much2say (35391)
• United States
16 Nov
@topffer I'd rather see what I could grow in a koi pond . . . but I don't know if people could eat that stuff!
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@topffer (30521)
• France
16 Nov
@much2say The park near my home has a lot of carps so old that they are no more red (perhaps is it because of the water ?) and about 1m long. My oven would not be large enough for one of these carps. I am not sure that they are good to eat, but it is tempting.
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@YrNemo (8432)
13 Nov
So I was right after all ! Just a look at that image and I had thought to myself, 'you are obsessed with microorganism, that can't be algae! It just can not be!' And in the end, it is just that, algae! (Never knew that people wanted to harvest that sort of blue-green stuff.) Anyway, there is this link that lists out bad side effects if consuming too much of spirulina,
Do you often intake natural supplements like spirulina for an enhanced immunity? Then here are 10 dangerous spirulina side effects that you should be aware of
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@topffer (30521)
• France
13 Nov
At least if you prepare it at home, you avoid the risk of heavy metal toxicity. Spirulina is considered like a very useful food for vegetarians, as an important source of proteins. The price is still very high, because it is (or it was, before this machine) not easy to grow it.
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@YrNemo (8432)
13 Nov
@topffer Too much of anything is never good unfortunately. (Good of you to write about this sort of machine. I never thought anyone could have consumed that sort of stuff!)
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@topffer (30521)
• France
13 Nov
@YrNemo Vegetarians are eating a lot of weird foods to get their dose of proteins. I can speak by experience, my father was a vegetarian when I was a kid. Fortunately for us, he returned to more laudable sentiments.
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@sabtraversa (9793)
• Italy
13 Nov
Oh my, my parents don't want pets at home, and I don't have a green thumb. I may consider adopting these tiny algae! Time to drink plenty of water to feed them well. I would try to place that thing in the bathroom, obviously not in the kitchen!
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@topffer (30521)
• France
13 Nov
You will have thousands of pets algae quickly if you adopt this strategy. But will you have the courage to eat them?
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• Italy
13 Nov
@topffer They're my pets, how could I eat them?
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@celticeagle (115036)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Nov
Probably makes it seem cleaner too.
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@topffer (30521)
• France
13 Nov
You are thinking at the Roman way to clean clothes ? Not sure that eating urine makes spirulina look cleaner. We should ask a specialist, I never read anything about that.
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@celticeagle (115036)
• Boise, Idaho
13 Nov
@topffer .....It's gross any way you look at it.
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@Bluedoll (16790)
• Canada
12 Nov
I'm thinking some of this technology might be a spinoff from the space station as they recycle everything. I've also read that early Egyptians/Romans used the same chemical to clean clothes.
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@topffer (30521)
• France
12 Nov
I think that astronauts are already eating spirulina. I read that it will be a must-have food for settlements on Mars. I let it to settlers.
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@Bluedoll (16790)
• Canada
13 Nov
@topffer It actually sound pretty amazing but thinking it better has some very close monitoring as we couldn't afford any mistakes. Faulty machinery in this case wouldn't be tolerated. You think?
@kepweng (6287)
24 Nov
No way that a poop is healthy lol including human poop can cure illness??
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@topffer (30521)
• France
24 Nov
It seems that it is used to cure some bowel diseases.
• United States
18 Nov
Well, I won't say what that liquid looks like, but I certainly would not willingly drink it!
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@topffer (30521)
• France
18 Nov
You are not supposed to drink the nutrient, it is only good for the algae. Pleased to see you back, where were you gone ?