We all love the sea. And seaweed is proof that the sea loves us back.
Seaweed is gaining popularity as the food sector continues to look for alternative sources of plant-based protein. But is eating seaweed really that beneficious? Let's see.
High nutrient content
Seaweed has captivated the palates in recent times, but in addition to its exotic flavor it has high contents of calcium, iodine, B vitamins and folic acid. Wakame, for example, provides almost 6 times more calcium than milk as well as 5 times more iron than 100 grams of meat. Iodine may be more difficult to get on vegan diets, but adding wakame, kelp and other seaweed will help you solve that. One teaspoon of dried kelp could contain 59 times the RDI (1).
Algae are a great source of antioxidants, and have anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects on our bodies. Seaweed is a good source of vitamins A, C and E, as well as a variety of beneficial plant compounds, including flavonoids and carotenoids. These have been shown to protect your body from free radical damage (2)
It's good for the environment
Seaweed grows very quicklyand efficiently. It provides plant-based proteins and shows promise as a source of biofuel to replace fossil fuels in the future. Its ability to absorb carbon dioxide and nitrogen also makes it a living cleaner of polluting chemicals. What is more, more than half of the oxygen you breathe comes from marine photosynthesizers, like phytoplankton and seaweed. Mind-blowing.
When to avoid it
High amounts of seaweed can affect thyroid function, and symptoms of too much iodine are often the same as symptoms of not enough iodine. That is the reason seaweed should not be consumed every day.
How to eat it
In sushi, as a snack (dried is a great alternative to chips), in a miso soup or in a salad. Follow our recipes to make yourself a quick and delicious salad or some wonderful vegan seaweed dumplings