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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...

Could Superfood Seaweed help fight disease?

Consumers are becoming more health conscious and instead of just calorie counting they are learning more about a balanced diet with vitamins and minerals. So, could natural whole foods, including superfood seaweed, with numerous vitamins and minerals help prevent and fight disease? What is a Superfood? A superfood is a nutrient rich food that should have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. There is no official definition of a ‘superfood’ and in 2007 the EU has banned health claims on packaging unless supported by scientific evidence. Some examples of superfood’s that you would find everyday are: spinach; tomatoes; broccoli; and garlic. However, there are some less mainstream superfoods: sauerkraut, arugula, kale, goji berries; and seaweed! This is changing though, with many of these superfoods being seen in the supermarkets, and with more scientific evidence backing up their status. Why Superfood Seaweed? Seaweeds have a host of nutrients that could be beneficial for your health and your daily intake levels. There are many benefits of superfood seaweed! Research shows potential for reduction in fat absorption and blood sugar management.  EU Approved Health Claims even state the naturally rich level of iodine can contribute to energy yielding metabolism, and much more. Can Superfood Seaweed can prevent disease? Certain foods affect brain function more than other foods. Neuroprotection is an effect that has the capacity to salvage, regenerate and recover the nervous system. It helps in the defence of human cognitive disorders including: Dementia; Alzheimer’s disease; depression; and Bipolar disorder. A varied diet including nutrients like Zinc, B12 and Iodine affect neuroprotection[1]. Zinc is a trace element for human health, which is found in...

Seaweed is one of the world’s biggest health food trends 2017

The biggest health food trends of the coming year have been revealed by Symrise, and unsurprisingly seaweed makes the list   By exploring health trends, food habits, global influences and ingredients from all around the world, Symrise has created an elite list of the most influential health food trends and healthy lifestyle trends for the coming year. And that’s right: seaweed makes an appearance! Seaweed trends aren’t new. Earlier this year reports named seaweed ingredients as the number one plant power trend of 2017. The report also featured The Food Doctor’s Corn and Smoked Seaweed Coated Edamame Bead as the example product (and this happens to be the same ingredient supplied by Seaweed & Co.) Here at Seaweed & Co., we’re ecstatic to see the brilliance of this miraculous sea plant being recognised as a health food trend. Over the past few years, seaweed ingredients have grown hugely in popularity – making their way into mainstream brands and major retailers – and it’s easy to see why. Seaweed has a lot functional benefits as a natural sustainable wholefood, so it’s no wonder it’s become a health food trend. The benefits of Seaweed & Co.’s high quality seaweed ingredients include: –          A healthy alternative to salt for flavour boosting –          The potential to help manage weight and blood sugar levels –          A natural source of iodine, enabling EU Approved Health Claims –          Containing key nutrients such as magnesium, potassium and calcium Seaweed &Co.’s seaweed ingredients are traceable, sustainable and completely natural, sourced from the pristine lochs of the Scottish Outer Hebrides. The innovative production techniques involved in harvesting our produce...

Ancient superfood: form of red algae discovered as oldest plant on Earth

Newly found fossils suggest some plants may be hundreds of millions of years older than was previously estimated, including ancient superfoods like seaweed. Doctor Seaweed® investigates! Ancient superfood: what was discovered? What the scientists discovered were thread-like fossils within fleshy, more complex colonies in sedimentary rock in central India. The fossils suggest that plants which resemble red algae were present 1.6 billion years ago, in areas which were shallow sea back then. Swedish scientists say that this discovery could change our timeline of advanced life forming, and make us judge again how long well known ancient superfoods and plants have been around. The earliest displays of life on Earth are over 3.5 billion years old. These life forms were simply single-celled microscopic structures which evolved into bigger, multi-cellular eukaryotic organisms, containing a nucleus and certain other structures within a membrane. But these new fossils could potentially alter our perspective of when we think different cells evolved, especially for ancient superfoods and plants. They were identified as containing parts of chloroplasts, i.e. structures within plant cells involved in photosynthesis. Therese Sallstedt of the Swedish Museum of Natural History discovered some of the fossils herself, and speaking to BBC News, she said they were “the oldest fossil plants that we know of in Earth, in the form of 1.6 billion year old red algae.” Red algae is a form of seaweed: an ancient superfood that’s been getting even more popular in recent months. Sallstedt described the findings as showing us that “advanced life in the form of eukaryotes (like plants, fungi and us humans/animals) have a much deeper history on Earth...

Seaweed & Co.’s Patent Pending Seaweed Ingredients

Seaweed & Co. has developed and invested in innovative and novel techniques and technologies to produce their high-quality and Patent Pending seaweed ingredients (GB1702881.2).   Developing Patent Pending seaweed ingredients has taken world-class expertise and implementation of technologies to produce food grade seaweed ingredients. The innovation of Seaweed & Co. has resulted in our Patent Pending seaweed ingredients being used by the largest food manufacturers in the UK, and in products on the shelves of every supermarket in the UK, and nutrition companies around the world.  This has been possible due to the extremely high quality, transparent traceability and sustainability of our supply chain. In independent testing, carried out in UKAS Accredited laboratories and validated as part of University research, our Patent Pending seaweed ingredients have proven to be higher on key measures of quality as compared to other supplies of the same species. The specialist technologies, more gentle processing and full analytical traceability are key aspects to our proprietary seaweed ingredients; allowing for consistent quality and scalable production. However, the innovation is not stopping any time soon… Building on our Patent Pending seaweed ingredients, further innovations are already in place.  These include our Naturally Oak Smoked Organic Scottish Seaweed, which provides all the health benefits of our core seaweeds, in addition to superb smoky flavours.  In fact, this ingredient was selected as the example to highlight seaweed as the Number One Ingredient for 2017. Other innovations are coming soon…to be launched at Vitafoods 2017. The benefits of Patent Pending Seaweed Ingredients Seaweed is THE future food. The species and supply we focus on is sustainable and scalable into...

Sainsbury’s Spectacular Seaweed Soup

‘Sea Greens and Grain Broth’ marks an exciting new addition to Sainsbury’ soup range Seaweed Soup? Really? Yes, really! Seaweed soup may sound odd to some, but it’s bang on trend – and for good reason. 2017 is the year that seaweed is in as the number one power plant superfood. This delicious seaweed soup takes all the great health benefits that high quality seaweed offers and mixes it in with a whole host of other healthy ingredients like quinoa, kale and edamame beans to create a tasty, filling and nutritious meal. Sea Greens and Grain Broth brings the best of both worlds to mealtimes! Sea Greens and Grain Broth proves that seaweed soup can taste good – and everyone we know who’s tried it loves it. The genius of Sainsbury’s seaweed soup is that anyone can enjoy it. In our busy lives, it’s difficult to find the time to cook with healthy ingredients like seaweed, but this Sea Greens and Grain Broth delivers a quick, easy meal that tastes good and does good. What Makes Seaweed Soup So Healthy? Sainsbury’s Sea Greens and Grain Broth uses only the finest quality seaweed, making this superfood even more super. The secret to this soup’s numerous nutrition and health benefits is the seaweed that is sustainably harvested from the pristine waters of the Scottish Outer Hebrides and carefully processed to get the most nutrition value. Why Eat Seaweed? So what are these nutrition and health benefits that eating seaweed delivers? It’s Flavour Boosting: The Organic Hebridean Ascophyllum seaweed used in the Sea Greens and Grain Broth can boost flavour, reducing the...