What’s With All The Hype About Seaweed?

There has been a steady rise in the number of seaweed products that one can find in the market, and this sudden burst in popularity does not just come from the fact that seaweed tastes good. Seaweed is a really nutrient rich plant, packed with all kinds of vitamins and minerals, making it a superb snack or ingredient to put into your food. Along with being delicious and healthy, it is also low in calories, basically; the perfect diet food component.

Seaweed is also a good source for probiotic fibres that promote healthy bacteria growth in your digestive system. Many dietitians recommend seaweed for its superb nutrition value, seaweed comes in a handful of different natural flavours, there is Nori, a reddish seaweed that is usually used in making sushi, brown and chewy Kombu or wakamae seaweed that is often used in miso soup and seaweed salad and green seaweed (chlorella) that is used in making supplements.

The mineral content of seaweed varies depending on what type you are having, but every type is bursting with a plethora of minerals including calcium, magnesium, iron and a number of vitamins. Dietitians say that seaweed is great to have regardless of what type you are consuming, some also claim that seaweed can help your body fight off harmful bacteria, fungi and even lower the risk of diabetes and cancer. However, there is not a lot of clear scientific evidence to back up these claims just yet.

While seaweed does sound great, one should not go overboard with its consumption, seaweed is known to have naturally high sodium content and processed and packaged seaweed has an even higher amount of sodium due to undergoing preservation. Seaweed also contains iodine and can sometimes be contaminated by heavy metals, all of which can do a number on your body if their intake becomes too high.

Seaweed should be consumed in moderate amounts and pregnant women should usually steer clear of seaweed and seaweed related products. As for everyone else, as long as you eat seaweed in a responsible manner you should be completely fine, there are a number of seaweed products already in the market that you can buy to spice up your meals and make them healthier.

There is seaweed puree that you can mix with your mayo, add to tomato soup or cook into pesto, it acts as a great additive and as secondary condiment. Another product that has become common is ready to eat seaweed salad, it comes in a ramen noodle like box and is covered with refreshing and tangy dressings like sesame soy and apple cider vinegar. You can also find seaweed broths, seaweed based pasta and roasted seaweed snacks, all of which can be a healthy and tasty addition to your diet.

Seaweed is soon to be the next trend in super foods, it’s easy to get, easy to eat and there are so many ways of consuming it that even the most pickiest eaters are going to find a fulfilling way of eating it.

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