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Seaweed Benefits for the UK with Research on Seaweed Farms

Seaweed Farming is the system of cultivating and harvesting of seaweed, which consists of controlling the life cycle of algae as much as you can. Oban is a resort town, located on Scotland’s West Coast, that can host up to 25,000 tourists a year. A trial began in April 2017, to farm seaweed near Oban. The trial site is being looked after by researchers from the world renowned Scottish Association for Marine Science at Oban. Why Oban? Seaweed isn’t just being explored in Oban, and is harvested already throughout Scotland. The waters surrounding the Outer Hebrides in Scotland have been attributed to be some of the most pristine and unpolluted in the world. They have been given the highest quality classification available by SEPA (Scottish Environmental Protection Agency) to reflect this. Why Farm Seaweed: Seaweed Benefits for the UK The Global value of seaweed in 2014 was 6.4billion US dollars (~£5billion), this value exceeds that of the world’s lemons and limes! Seaweed is a highly sustainable resource as it requires no land, freshwater or fertilizer to grow, some species of seaweed are even believed to grow up to 2 feet per day! Seaweed can be used to enhance nutrition and is naturally rich in Iodine (EU Approved Health Claim), it can also be used as a salt replacement for flavour and shelf-life extension. There are numerous uses of Seaweed: Animal fodder, Biofuels, Beauty products and most importantly… Food and health! These uses are globally relevant, and with here at home with seaweed benefits for the UK. Seaweed is thought to have been used by early Homo sapiens to provide...

The Ultimate Guide to Healthy Seaweed Snacks

Are you prone to a snack or two a day? Are they unhealthy and delicious, or healthy and delicious? Read on to find out more about the latter! Snacking in the UK is very popular with 93% of adults admitted to snacking over a two-week period and 63% of these snack once or more between meals a day. 57% of snackers say ‘I am trying to eat less snacks for health reasons (e.g. to reduce calories)’[i]. This shows that there is a market for healthy snacks. On a global scale the retail value growth of savoury snacks are set to overtake confectionary, Euromonitor predicted that savoury snacks will grow by 5%, and confectionary only be 3.6% by the end of 2017. Blogger Ella Mills has followed this trend and launched Deliciously Ella Energy Balls in 2016, they are dairy, and gluten free, and are suitable for vegans using nuts along with only 6 other ingredients in the balls. Burt’s Crisps have also expanded their healthy snack range by adding Quinoa Crinkles in January 2017. Some examples of health snacks are: nuts; seeds; bars or biscuits; trail mixes; and pulses. Why Pulses? Pulses, like seaweed, are a powerful superfood have been an essential part of the human diet for centuries. A pulse is an edible seed of a plant from the legume family, some examples are: baked beans; lentils; chickpeas; broad beans; garden peas; edamame beans; and kidney beans. Pulses are healthy, nutritious and easy to cook with. Also growing pulses promotes sustainable agriculture, indirectly reduce Greenhouse gases, and use less water to grow than other crops. They also increase...

Seaweed Benefits your Health and your Humour!

Here’s a little reminder of International Joke Day that this year was on the 1st July! Why was the sand wet?… Because the Seaweed!   Why did the Seaweed?… Because he saw the Crab dressing!   Where does seaweed look for a job?… In the ‘Kelp-wanted’ ads!   Why did the Algae and Fungus get married?… Because they took at Lichen to each other!   What did the beach say to the sea?… ‘Long tide, no sea’!   Did you hear about the Lobster at the disco?… He pulled a muscle!   Mum: what did you buy from the shop? Son: Seaweed! I just couldn’t Kelp myself!   What does the seaweed say when its stuck to the bottom of the sea?… ‘Kelp! Kelp!’ Now Seaweed has benefited your humour… what are the reasons seaweed benefits your health? Seaweed is the food of the future! At Seaweed & Co. we want to help you understand seaweed, use it, and love it! Our seaweed has exceptional flavour, can replace salt, offer health and nutrition benefits, and has the sustainability potential to feed everyone. Research shows it can help manage weight and blood sugar levels, improve the quality if your hair and skin and is an outstanding natural source of Iodine. Get in touch with Doctor Seaweed via our website or social media to find out more (and tell us a few more...

Seaweed and Iodine Benefits: An urgent need for preventing inadequate iodine intake

A recent study, published in The Journal of Nutrition, has highlighted the urgent need for the long-term intake of iodine in the diet, especially in women of child bearing age. This is a serious problem, and one that is growing, around the world.  Diets insufficient in iodine can have multiple health consequences on women, and on the development of their unborn children.  The study suggests that low levels of maternal iodine may be linked to reduced brain development at age three. Importantly, the study concludes that it is long term intake, and from dietary sources that is needed, and that short term supplementation (e.g. iodine extracts in pregnancy supplements) could be potentially harmful.  Furthermore, a sudden increase in iodine intake from supplements, although modest and within recommendations, might also lead to a ‘stunning effect,’ with transient inhibition of maternal or foetal thyroid hormone production. Seaweed and Iodine Benefits Seaweeds can be a very good source of iodine.  However, it is critical that the source and type of seaweed is known.  Kelps can be very very high in iodine, and far too high for some.  The source of seaweed can also impact on safety, quality and iodine levels.  For these reasons, we test iodine in every batch, and we have selected species that are known for their relatively moderate levels of iodine.  Our seaweeds are also well researched and understood. Seaweed and iodine benefits have been well studied. Our own Doctor Seaweed is involved in research with Glasgow University Medical School looking at seaweed as a source of iodine in the diet.  As part of this work, a publication in...

Seaweed Benefits Paleo Diet!

Consuming only the most natural foods, to return our bodies to their natural state, is the purpose of the Paleo Diet, here we will discover the facts and how seaweed benefits paleo diet participants. What is the Paleo Diet? The paleo diet is often referred to as the Caveman diet, only eating foods that would be found in that era: fish, meat, vegetables, seeds and nuts. The concept is to eat healthy and avoid the foods that may negatively impact your natural digestion process. The diet eliminates all the foods that would have not been present in the days of the cavemen, i.e. processed, cultivated and pre-packaged food, and so helps you to eat natural foods only. It’s not just about losing weight! It is a clean eating diet without additives, preserves or chemicals. And due to the amount of protein and natural fats consumed on the Paleo diet, it is said you are left with a feeling of fullness and satisfaction. Did you know? Bill Clinton switched to the Paleo diet to receive a wider consumption of protein while maintaining his build. Miley Cyrus has dairy and gluten allergies and uses the Paleo diet to manage these, she has been reported saying “It’s not about weight – it’s about health. Gluten is crap anyway!” Other celebrities and sports stars whom are Paleo advocates include: Jessica Biel; Megan Fox; Lebron James; Matthew McConaughey; Gwyneth Paltrow; and Tom Jones. Why Seaweed Benefits Paleo Diet? Archaeological evidence shows that Seaweed benefits paleo diet, and so was a part of a caveman’s diet. Professor Mouritsen from the University of Southern Denmark commented...