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Back to Basics for Seaweed in 2018

It’s a new year! So we want to take you all back to basics, and explain what we do at Seaweed & Co.! What Seaweed & Co. do? Seaweed & Co. advise on, supply and accredit superior seaweed… from sea to store. Why do we it We want you to know how amazing seaweed is! It is the food of the future, and we want to help you know how to be part of this true superfood trend. No other food source has the health, nutrition and sustainability potential of seaweed! Seaweed is vastly underutilised and is highly sustainable resource. Using a species that has the right benefits and the right supply is essential. That is why we use Hebridean Ascophyllum seaweed, specially selected and processed for its unique qualities. How we do it We do this in three ways: Advise, and help you understand it Supply, in a format that is easy, convenient and familiar to use Accredit, so you know its high quality, safe, traceable and sustainable Which Seaweed At Seaweed & Co. we supply Hebridean Ascophyllum nodosum seaweed, amongst a few other select species. This is harvested and processed using our Patent Pending processes, and sourced from the pristine waters of the Scottish Outer Hebridean islands, with special rights from the Queen herself. Products Our seaweed is supplied as three main products: Seaweed& Hebridean Asco: Our Core Organic Hebridean Ascophyllum Seaweed – in fine or medium granules Seaweed& Smoked: Based around our core seaweed, this Organic Naturally Oak Smoked Seaweed provides all the benefits plus superb smoky flavours – in fine or medium granules Seaweed& Protect:...

The Organic Industry is Booming – Great News for Organic Seaweed!

The demand for organic produce across the world is increasing at an exciting rate! This is excellent news for our own organic seaweed. Here Doctor Seaweed® will explain why… Drivers for Organic Food Growth Figures from the Soil Association state that you can now buy organic products from over 8,000 outlets, including major retailers. Research carried out by the Soil Association, shows more and more people are questioning the origin of their foods, and have concerns around production and trusting ingredients. Clare McDermott, business development director for the Soil Association states there are three main drivers for organic food: ·         Innovative Products ·         Health and Wellbeing ·         Home Delivery McDermott, comments on these drivers. “There is a huge variety of interesting products coming to market, from nut butters and milks, to seaweed… Shoppers are looking for new and interesting food trends and organic is well placed to deliver these.” McDermott added, “The other major trend is health… consumers often see organic as a short cut to health, particularly with the nutritional research published by Newcastle University”. 82% of UK shoppers purchase at least one organic item per year, an increase on 76.5% in 2016. One organic sector that has grown substantially is organic baby food, which is a reflection on the perceived health of organic food. “Home delivery is one of the fastest-growing channels for consumers to buy organic, with much growth in the UK being led by Ocado and box schemes”. Waitrose along with other supermarkets are offering a diverse range of organic produce. However, discounters like Aldi and Lidl have less organic products and their emphasis is...

Could you be Iodine Deficient as a result of a Dairy Free Diet?

Dr Craig Rose summarises, why some people could be iodine deficient as a result of a dairy free diet (that is insufficient in iodine), and how seaweed may benefit it. Dairy Free Diets Approximately  three quarters of the world’s population may be dairy intolerant. Some people may choose to consume a dairy free diet as a lifestyle choice.  Others consume a dairy free diet to benefit their health as they are affected by an allergy or intolerance. A lifestyle choice to consume a dairy free diet, may relate to the ethics surrounding milk production.   According to Mayo Clinic of the definition of a lactose allergy “is an abnormal response by the body’s immune system to milk and products containing milk… allergies can cause anaphylaxis – a sever life-threatening reaction”. The definition of a lactose intolerance is when people “are unable to fully digest the sugar (lactose) in milk. As a result… the symptoms can be uncomfortable”. How Seaweed Benefits a Dairy Free Diet? Milk contains iodine, calcium, proteins, vitamins A, B12 and D. You may need to supplement these into your diet if you are dairy free. As you may not be getting enough, which could lead to consumers being iodine deficient as a result of a dairy free diet, insufficient in iodine. Lactose is a sugar found in milk, that aids the absorption of minerals like magnesium and zinc. These elements are vital for your body and cognitive development. Getting the right amount of these important vitamins and minerals may prove difficult. However, supermarkets today do have some fantastic dairy free products and dairy free ranges. They...

Why Smoked Seaweed Snacks are in!

According to Gil Hyslop, millennial snackers think that the aroma of snacks is essential for the snacking experience. They want new and different flavours with an aroma (like smoked seaweed!). Snackex completed a survey incorporating 1,000 male and female participants from the ages 18-35 on savoury snacks. Consumer insights manager at Snackex, Ciara McCabe said “Millennials… are looking for three key things regarding snacks – authenticity, a sensorial playground and health”. A sensorial playground meaning “playing with all five senses and not just taste on its own” said McCabe. She noted that respondents were interested in smells that are ‘natural and strong’ and those that take your mind to a specific environment. One respondent in the survey said “Seaweed flavour crisp that would be tasty and healthy… The texture would be crispy and smell of the sea”. Further to this survey Gill Hyslop wrote ‘Smoked and burnt among flavours driving snacks: Mintel’. It states that the more different the flavour the more likely consumers are to catch onto the flavour and be intrigued by it. Mintel’s director of insight, Marica Mogelonsky said that a driving factor into purchasing snacks is exotic flavours. There is a growing popularity for barbeques and burnt and smoked flavour trends come from this. With 44% of European consumers interested in world flavour snacks. Nuts are a popular snack because of their health and protein levels according to Mogelnsky. Also snacks that are freeze-dried, baked, dried and puffed are becoming ever popular. Why Seaweed A highly sustainable resource, seaweed requires no land, freshwater or fertilizer to grow, with some types of seaweed being believed to...

Respecting our Marine Environment: Seaweed Sustainability

SeaBOS A collaboration has been formed between Swedish researchers and some of the biggest fishing companies in the world.  The aim of this collaboration is to connect scientists with businesses and encourages them to share their knowledge. It emphasises a science-business initiative for ocean stewardship, leading to improved business ethos and practice. Named SeaBOS (Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship), it is supported by the Stockholm Resilience Centre and compromises of companies from all over the world (the first time these countries have come together with the aim to end unsustainable practices!!) The initiative was joined by ten of the largest seafood companies in the world, that have a combined annual revenue of £23bn! Sustainability Science The marine industry-academia partnership’s approach is ‘sustainability science’, with the aim to reduce harmful environmental practices like marine pollution and over fishing. Lead study author Dr Österblom, said the aim is “private corporations, which are critically dependent on a healthy ocean for their long-term prosperity, take a leading role in ocean stewardship” which will benefit the environment and businesses. PHD student, Jean-Baptiste Jouffray “the strength of our study is to report in detail on such an interaction while putting it into the broader context of sustainability science”. Other Issues Other issues in the seafood supply chain are modern slavery and the impacts on habitats and non-target species. Modern slavery was spotlighted by The Guardian in 2014, based on a six month investigation, it showed worker exploitation and deprivation of their rights. IUU stands for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Pledges from SeaBOS SeaBOS have composed several pledges that they will stick by. ·         “eliminate...

How to include Seaweed in your Diet

What is it?…. Seaweed is an algae, and scientifically is referred to as marine macro-algae (that means the big algae that grows in the sea!) In general, seaweed is a highly sustainable resource, as it requires no land, freshwater or fertiliser to grow. Seaweed is possibly the most nutrient-rich superfood out there! In a recent article seaweed was named as number 4 out of the superfoods that could leave a lasting contribution on your health. Check out these recipes showing how to include Seaweed in your diet! 1. Marlene’s Macro Paella 2. Thai Crab and Seaweed Cakes 3. Parmesan, Poppy Seeds and Seaweed Biscuits 4. Roasted Beet Hummus 5. Creamy Red Lentil Soup Check out more recipes here: http://www.seaweedandco.com/seaweed-recipes/ How including Seaweed in your Diet can benefit? Salt Replacement – reducing the amount of salt in your diet, flavour and shelf life extension Seaweed has been well researched and used commercially as a natural safe salt replacement. Our Hebridean Ascophyllum Seaweed contains natural glutamates that can enhance flavours in a product. Therefore, adding seaweed in your diet will mean, requiring less or no added salt in your food, to naturally enhance flavours. Iodine – Naturally rich in iodine, allowing EU approved health claims Iodine is essential for the normal functioning of your thyroid, which has many associated health benefits in the body. Our seaweed is a great source of iodine! At Seaweed & Co. our seaweed contains levels of iodine that allow for EU Approved Health Claims including:  Weight Management – increases satiety and blood sugar regulation. Specific species of seaweed have been found in research to reduce the...