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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...

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...

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. Furthermore Euromonitor predicted that savoury snacks will grow by 5%, and confectionary only be 3.6% by the end of 2017. This trend is followed by Blogger Ella Mills, who launched Deliciously Ella Energy Balls in 2016.  Suitable for vegans they are dairy, and gluten free, as they use 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? Like seaweed, pulses are a powerful superfood and furthermore 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. 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...

Seaweed for the summer!

Eating seaweed for the summer might just help you get summer ready Seaweed is the superfood of 2017, so why not make summer 2017 the summer when you discover the benefits of seaweed for yourself? Getting into seaweed for the summer can increase your health and wellbeing in many ways. Seaweed increases weight management Specific species of seaweed have been discovered to help reduce the breakdown of fats in the body, allowing for less fat is absorbed and more to simply be passed through you. Seaweed can also help slow the breakdown of carbohydrates in your body, regulating your blood sugar. What’s more, the significant iodine content of seaweed can help you maintain a normal metabolism! There’s no reason not to get into seaweed for the summer. Seaweed is a salt replacement Seaweed possesses flavour boosting properties which make it ideal as a replacement for salt. Clearly, seaweed for the summer is the perfect way to make those tasty summer salads even healthier. Excess salt leads to high blood pressure, which can hugely impact your health. Swapping out your salt intake for dried seaweed provides your body with more vital nutrients whilst also reducing your sodium intake. Seaweed boosts your skin and hair Seaweed for the summer can do wonders for your skin and hair as well as your body, and after all everyone wants to look great in the warmer months! Seaweed is becoming a popular ingredient in skincare, particularly cleansers, due to its mattifying and purifying oceanic properties. Seaweed can even reduce the residue of free radicals which can cause premature ageing. Seaweed boosts your hair health...

Seaweed in beef can make the meat healthier

Cattle fed with seaweed can provide healthier meat due to the seaweed in beef On a farm in Missouri, farmer and Animal Sciences professor David Newman notes the recent healthiness of his two hundred Berkshire sows. The reason for this surge in health and growth? Seaweed! There’s a growing trend among farmers who are starting to see how seaweed can help reduce the use of antibiotics on farms whilst also producing more nutritious meat. Not only does seaweed in beef result in healthier beef, but it can also help reduce the greenhouse gases given off through cattle methane emissions. So why is seaweed in beef the ultimate surf-and-turf? We’ll tell you! Seaweed in beef is good for the animals Seaweed is a superfood for animals as well as humans, due to a significant level of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and Omega-3 fatty acids. Seaweed also contains fucoidans and laminarins, two bioactive compounds which have been found to increase good bacteria and reduce harmful bugs in a pig’s digestive tract. As is the case with humans, good digestive health boosts overall health, and Martin says he’s noticed a significant reduction in the number of colds and flus among his herds since he started feeding them meals involving seaweed. So not only does feeding animals seaweed produce healthier seaweed in beef and pork, it can also boost the animal’s own health too. Seaweed in beef is good for you Evidence suggests that livestock raised on diets which are rich in Omega-3s leads to a production of more Omega-3-rich milks and meats. Seaweed is a great source of Omega-3s for animals, meaning seaweed...