Bigger, Better Looking Abs
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at some red kelp. Lie around in
a tub all day. Eat some more.
Continue in this fashion 24 hours
a day and you’ll soon develop super
abs. Now before you get too excited that a
dream diet with no exercise will lead to a
perfect form, we’re talking about saltwater
abs — abalones — not six packs here.
Aquaculturists working with California’s
Monterey Abalone Company developed a
natural diet of red algae to fatten up the
tasty shellfish that has upped the growth
rate by a whopping 25 percent. Not only
that, the red algae that now fills out the
basic kelp diet produces a farmed abalone
with an attractive red hue and rich flavor.
“Our biggest interest was in looking
for an alternative sustainable source of
winter feed,” explains co-owner Trevor
Fay. That spurred the company to enlist
Michael Graham, a Moss Landing Marine
Laboratories scientist, and graduate
student Thew Suskiewicz in the quest for
the perfect farmed abalone. The abalone
need only as little as two-and-a-half
percent to a maximum of five percent of
red algae in their diet to show dramatic
E Hilario Turios and Trevor Fay get busy harvesting wild kelp.
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