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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...

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...

Seaweed Forest Display – National History Museum

The Natural History Museum (NHM), until 1992, was known as the British Museum. When the museum first opened its doors in April 1881 the main exhibition was a collection of human and animal skeletons. Along with an exhibition of dried plants. Now the NHM is hosting a display to depict an extraordinary underwater seaweed forest, in Hintze Hall! Seaweed Forest Display Discover the world of Seaweed, with a window into the world of seaweeds, a hidden habitat under threat. The Natural History Museum exhibit is a display of pressed seaweeds using different types and species to show a seaweed forest. It features three glass panels of seaweeds collected by Professor Juliet Brodie and her team, “we want to give people a sense of what it is like in the seaweed forest”. The exhibit is raising the issue of how climate change could bring an end to Algae, as rising ocean temperatures are putting some species at risk. Professor Juliet Brodie seaweed expert at the museum “we know the water is getting warmer, it has gone up by two degrees centigrade in British coastal waters over the last 40 years”. “That might not seem like a lot, but we know that its having a marked effect on some species of seaweed”. Prof. Brodie designed the work with her team, using seaweeds collected from the shallow subtidal zone and shore in Devon and Pembrokeshire.   Photo credit: Prof. Juliet Brodie, Natural History Museum History of Seaweed Fossils of some of the closest relatives of modern day kelp date back 1.6billion years.  Showing that the first living organisms before the dinosaurs was...

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...

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...

The Benefits of Seaweed on the TV!

Our very own Dr Craig Rose appeared on the Channel 4 prime time TV show Food Unwrapped to discuss the many benefits of seaweed. The particular benefits of seaweed discussed were seaweed’s use for salt replacement.  The umami properties of seaweeds can boost flavours, and therefore mean less salt is needed when used in the right products, and in the right way. In addition, Dr Rose highlights research undertaken and published that shows the benefits of seaweed to enhance shelf-life in breads and other products. The other benefits of seaweed are the nutrition, enabling EU Approved Health Claims, and Seaweed & Co.’s research on weight and blood sugar management.  I am afraid we can’t confirm the benefits of seaweed joked about by the TV presenter in this clip that it will make you swim better!   Benefits of Seaweed – there are many! In addition to the use of seaweed highlighted in this TV programme, seaweed, and specifically Seaweed & Co.’s proprietary production of their seaweeds, enables ingredients with multiple benefits. The benefits of seaweed include: Salt replacement and flavour enhancement Nutritional boosts, with particular emphasis on the minerals and trace elements As a safe, natural source of iodine, enabling EU Approved Health Claims, and addressing serious national issues of deficiency Address aspects of obesity and diabetes, with potential to increase satiety and reduce the rate of blood sugar release To ensure that the benefits of seaweed are easy to achieve in a wide range of food, beverage and nutrition products, Seaweed & Co. has developed ingredients to ensure the highest quality, sustainability, nutrition and excellent flavour profiles.  The...