SeaweedBG.jpgWhen I was first introduced to seaweed as food, I thought it was just a useful food for holding the rice and fillings of my sushi roll together. But did you know it is also packed full of nutrients that make it a super healthy addition to your diet?

Seaweed has been a staple of diets of countries like China, Japan, and Korea for thousands of years.

Recently it has gained attention in western countries as a superfood!

...this is because seaweeds are low in calories and high in nutrients. Which means it's a great add on to healthy meals. A little does go a long way too - so sprinkle over salads, rice, or soups for a nutrient boost.

There are thought to be over 10,000 species of seaweed, reflecting its immense diversity, both in flavour and nutritional properties. The most popular seaweed species are nori, which is dried in sheets and widely used to make sushi. Other common varieties include dulse, arame, wakame, kelp and spirulina....all of which we have available at Lettuce. 

Seaweed is full of vitamins and minerals. It's a great source of vitamins A, C, E, K and B vitamins. It is also rich in minerals including iodine, selenium, calcium and iron.

A study of Japanese women has shown that high seaweed intake increases the good bacteria in the gut. It has also been shown to work as a detoxifying element. It mops up the toxins cadmium and lead, which is present in cigarette smoke, but also found in the environment from industry and transport.
But as with most foods, it's possible not to go overboard on marine algae. Doctors have reported rare but serious cases of excess iodine and heavy metal toxicity in patients who consumed too much seaweed or seaweed supplements.

Naturally choosing certified organic seaweed will always provide a better, cleaner product, which can be enjoyed safe in the knowledge it is free from added nasties or chemical processes.

So this leads us to conclude that it is a great addition to meals as a topping, or a side, but not as the main feature. Which is a perfect use for dried seaweed!

Try our kelp shaker sprinkled over rice or a salad. Or add some seaweed to a soup or broth - it can be used as a thickening agent too! Or try a ball of freshly cooked rice scooped up in a strip of toasted nori!

Check out our range of seaweed products in the Sea Vegetables section under Groceries!