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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 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...

It’s clear – seaweed is a superfood!

Companies are starting to understand that seaweed is a superfood – and with good reason! Recently, people have been catching on and realising that seaweed is a superfood. In fact, it’s one of the best superfoods around. Doctor Seaweed® is here to tell you why… Reports by Innova Market Insights show a 10% increase in global supplements containing seaweed ingredients. Global product launch activity involving seaweed ingredients has also grown consistently since 2011. This means that more people keep discovering that seaweed is a superfood. Aquaculture, or farming the ocean, has seen the seaweed demand soar in worldwide production as an organic source of nutrients and as a salt replacer. In fact, worldwide cultivation of seaweed currently exceeds 25 million metric tonnes. Whilst the West is just beginning to realise that seaweed is a superfood, the East has known that seaweed is a superfood for many centuries. This results in a nice variety in uses of seaweed ingredients worldwide. From North American Sports Powders to salty snacks in Asia, to healthy supplements across Europe – seaweed is being put to use in different places and in different ways! Let’s take a look at some of the most exciting ways seaweed is being used by brands, as they realise that seaweed is a superfood. Holland and Barrett know that seaweed is a superfood! Holland and Barrett launched alternative eggs – yes, eggs! – made from algae earlier this year – high in fibre and half the calories of hen’s eggs! They’re made from algal, an ingredient derived from water-dwelling algae. TerraVia know that seaweed is a superfood! TerraVia are beginning...

Doctor Seaweed® discovers new benefits of seaweed used by Seaweed & Co.!

Innovations uncover new benefits of seaweed, including an improved release of nutrients and a more neutral flavour. Doctor Seaweed® teamed up with Newcastle University to discover new benefits of seaweed, by exploring a new micro-encapsulated seaweed ingredient developed by Seaweed & Co. And their findings have certainly been making waves; being shared by big names like Nutrition First and the Nutraceutical Business Review. These results show that there seems to be even more new benefits of seaweed to be discovered! What new benefits of seaweed were discovered? The research undertaken in partnership with Newcastle University Medical School discovered new benefits of seaweed, namely that this specific micro-encapsulated seaweed ingredient harvested by Seaweed & Co. can protect key nutrients during the stomach phase of digestion, and can result in a better release of nutrients in the small intestine – potentially leading to improved bioavailability and functionality. Micro-encapsulation is rarely used in seaweed ingredients, despite being a well-known process with many benefits. It was these benefits of protecting key nutrients which led Seaweed & Co. to team up with Newcastle University and test their seaweed powders. So what other results did they find? Well, this seaweed ingredient also produced reduced aromas and flavour compared to other seaweed ingredients, making it much more usable in a wide range of applications. This even includes applications with sweet flavours such as sports nutrition products and smoothies. Dr Craig Rose, Managing Director of Seaweed & Co., has this to say about the findings: “We are delighted with these preliminary results, which have taken over 18 months to perfect, alongside our investments in our now Patent...

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...

Where do we go to discover new ways to get healthy? Japan!

We all want to find new ways to get healthy. One way is to get inspiration from other cultures. Japan encourages healthy living, so what can we learn from them about different ways to get healthy?   Japan has one of the longest living populations in the world. Doctor Seaweed® is looking for new ways to get healthy, so we turned our attention east to see what makes Japan so healthy, and how seaweed fits into it all. New ways to get healthy include… walking! Japanese citizens might not be in the gym every day pumping iron, but their daily life tends to involve a lot of walking, which is one of the simplest ways to get healthy. There are almost 215 million licensed drivers in the US, showing just how much Americans rely on their cars to get around. In Japan however, most people use public transport, and all that moving between trains, travelling to platforms and walking to work from the station means people are getting up and walking a lot more than if they were sat in a car. And there are loads of great areas for walking in Japan, even in big cities like Tokyo. Yoyogi Park and Shinjuku Park are popular spots for exercise, and there’s even a ‘pedestrian paradise’ on weekends which involves several major city roads being shut down for vehicles. New ways to get healthy include… biking! Over 70 million people in Japan own a bike, and over 10 million bikes are sold every year. Bikes are a staple of Japanese culture, and one of the most popular ways to get...