Thrive Culinary Algae Oil Review
Thrive Culinary Algae Oil is a new oil that can be used as a replacement for more traditional cooking oils. Here’s our review of Thrive Culinary Algae Oil.
What is Thrive Culinary Algae Oil?
Thrive Culinary Algae Oil is a cooking oil replacement that promises heart healthy benefits.
As you probably guessed from the name, the oil is derived from algae, which has recently been making headlines for its health benefits and its sustainable growing conditions.
Some of the promised benefits of Thrive Culinary Algae Oil include high levels of monounsaturated fat (the “good fat”) and low levels of saturated fat (bad fat). The oil also has a high smoke point.
As the manufacturer of Thrive Culinary Algae Oil explains, the oil is “better for you, better for the planet.”
The oil is made by San Francisco-based Solazyme, which launched the oil in 2015. The company is well-known for its algae-based products, which include everything from algae-based jet fuel to algae nutritional supplements.
Benefits of Thrive Culinary Algae Oil
Thrive’s algae oil promises to be healthier for you than standard cooking oils – like olive oil. What kinds of benefits can you enjoy with Thrive? Here are a few:
— High in Monounsaturated Fat (Good Fat): Each tablespoon serving of the algae oil gives you 13g of monounsaturated fat, which is approximately the same amount found in one whole avocado. In fact, it has 90% monounsaturated fat content, compared to 74% in olive oil, 63% in canola oil, and 6% in coconut oil.
— Low in Saturated Fat (Bad Fat): Thrive Algae Oil contains 4% saturated fat (0.5 grams per serving) compared to 14% for olive oil, 7% for canola oil, and 87% for coconut oil.
Thrive Algae Oil Ingredients
Here’s what the ingredients chart and list looks like for Thrive:
Thrive Algae Oil for Cooking
Thrive Algae Oil is also advertised as Thrive Culinary Algae Oil – because the manufacturer clearly wants you to know that the oil can safely be used for cooking.
One of the advantages of using algae oil for cooking is that it has a high smoke point and stays stable over heat.
Thrive’s smoke point is 485 degrees Fahrenheit, compared to 440 for peanut oil, 400 for canola oil, 375 for olive oil, and 320 for corn oil.
As the manufacturer of Thrive explains, “this makes a big difference when you’re frying, searing, sautéing, or stir frying.”
The official Thrive website lists a number of different recipes here: ThriveAlgae.com/get-cooking/
Those recipes are separated into different categories, including Chicken, Veggies, Baking, and Salad Dressing.
How is Thrive Algae Oil Manufactured?
If you’re like a lot of people, then the thought of making cooking oil from algae – the bacterial growths that spring up in oceans – sounds gross.
Fortunately for you, Thrive outlines its manufacturing process and explains exactly how it makes the algae oil. Here’s how the company’s manufacturing process works:
— Step 1) It starts with algae. Thrive actually found an algae source growing naturally, then modified that algae to give it the “best plant traits to help make an even better oil”. That meant the algae oil was higher in monounsaturated fats and lower in saturated fats.
— Step 2) The algae is grown in fermenters, similar to the ones used to make beer, wine, and vitamins. The algae in these fermenters consume renewable plant sugars, making oil in “just a few days”.
— Step 3) The algae is pressed to free the oil. This is the same pressing method to extract oil from coconut and seed oils. Then, the oil is refined and bottled. All of the leftover algae can be used for renewable energy and “many other uses”, although Thrive doesn’t explain exactly what it does with its leftover algae.
One of the advantages of using algae to make oil is that it’s more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Thrive claims to produce just over 400 gallons of cooking oil per acre compared to 250 gallons per acre for coconut oil, 150 gallons per acre for olive oil, and 50 gallons per acre for canola oil.
Thrive Algae Oil Pricing
Thrive Algae Oil is currently only available at a limited selection of stores around Los Angeles. You can view a selection of those stores here: ThriveAlgae.com/buy-now/
As of January 2015, the oil was only sold at Gelson’s Markets locations in Los Angeles, where you can find it in the cooking aisle.
Alternatively, you can order the oil online at a price of $11.99. The official Thrive website is the only place you can buy the oil online: Thrivealgae.com
$11.99 gets you one 500mL bottle (it’s also sold at $11.99 at Gelson’s Markets.
Thrive is based at the following San Francisco address:225 Gateway Blvd
S. San Francisco, CA 94080
You can contact the company toll-free by calling (888) 756-9710.
If that location sounds familiar, then it’s probably because you’ve heard of the company that owns the Thrive Algae Oil brand, Solazyme. Solazyme is a leading renewable fuels and renewable oils biotech company that specializes in using algae for all sorts of different purposes.