Seaweed may seem like an odd thing to be eating but it can make a valuable addition to your diet.
Seaweed is very high in fibre while being low in cholesterol and calories. It offers an abundance of vitamins and minerals, nutrients and trace elements in very high proportions compared with the contents of earth-grown produce.
Iodine is an important mineral contained in seaweed which is responsible for a healthy thyroid, which helps us to metabolise food inan efficient way, thus turning calories into energy and not storing them as fat.
Recent studies have now discovered the presence of alginate in seaweed. This has the ability to flush fat from the body by amounts of more than 75%. This means that your body will only retain 25% of the fat you consume, if you take seaweed with the food or eat food with seaweed content.
This is very exciting news for the weight loss industry and anyone with weight loss problems.
Seaweed is available from most Asian stores and some good supermarkets and it can be simply included into foods that you may already be preparing. It is a simple matter to add dried seaweed to stews and casseroles. They can be eaten as vegetables and with salads and even dried and sprinkled on food in the place of table salt.
Seaweed has been a regular part of Chinese and Japanese cuisine for millennia. The health benefits have long been realised in the East and it is believed that seaweed is in part responsible for the low incidence of obesity and cancer in that region. It is believed that the risk of breast and ovarian cancer in particular can be lowered with regular consumption of seaweed.
Known as aquaculture the farming of seaweed is prevalent in China, Korea and Japan which make: 60%, 11% and 10% of the world’s supply of seaweed, respectively.
High in omega-3 and omega-6, antioxidants, polyphenols and flavenoids, vitamins, minerals and amino acids they are a great health food. They also contain Fucoidan and Laminarin which have anti-biotic and anti-viral qualities.
There are many ways of including seaweed into meals and thus making them healthy, tasty and highly nutritious. You will be surprised at how tasty seaweed actually is, it does not taste of the ocean!
As the health and weight loss benefits of seaweed are becoming realised by people in the west we will likely be seeing more and more people including seaweed in their healthy eating plan.