The Health Benefits of Seaweed

“Eat your greens!” A phrase we have all been hearing since childhood, may now be more true than ever before. While those of you on a heavily plant-based diet may eat more greens than most, adding new foods to your diet is always good. Seaweed is a great addition to any diet and has become increasingly popular worldwide. Not only is this sea veggie tasty, but it has numerous health benefits as well.

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The new superfood. Seaweed has been popular for generations in many coastal areas in Asia and Europe. The veggie with it’s many nutritional values has become increasingly popular in the United States over the last decade, with meals like sushi. However, as time goes on seaweed meals outside the sushi realm have become more popular.

Nutritional benefits. Seaweed is a high source of iodine, the good kind. Iodine is not produced by the body, but is needed for healthy thyroid hormone production. Not only does it produce iodine, but it is also a high source of vitamins A and C and good fats. If those were not enough reasons to add seaweed to your diet, this vegetable also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Types of seaweed. This newly popular vegetable can be eaten in many delicious forms. Some of the most common ways to eat this underwater veggie are kelp, nori, or dulse. Kelp, the noodle form, can be paired with pesto for a delicious healthy pasta alternative. Nori, the dark crispy leaves wrapped around sushi, can also  used as rice or a salad topper. Lastly, dulse is the most versatile seaweed. Dulse can either be dried, powdered, in flakes, or strips.

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