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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...

DNA Authenticated Seaweed

During 2013, the Horse Meat scandal led to consumers losing their confidence in meat products, and the honestly of the paper trail. Without analytical, independent authentication of what meat is what, then people and companies can lie; and they did. Therefore, DNA authentication is increasingly used as a method where the results can’t lie, and can be independently verified. Find out how here at Seaweed and Co. we developed and use this process for our DNA Authenticated SeaweedTM. DNA Authentication A new US Government program is testing the reliability of DNA techniques for botanical identification. It is a voluntary study being carried out by AHPA (American Herbal Products Association). The aim of the DNA analysis study is to look at the effectiveness of currently used methods of DNA sequencing for botanical ingredients identification. The study will be spilt into two main steps. The first being a straightforward botanical identification. This should be a standard approach for most labs. The second part will be using a more challenging sample for botanical identification. This should test the labs capabilities, and the effectiveness therefore of the technique. Chief scientific officer of AHPA, Maged Sharaf said ‘being able to reliably use DNA to ID very similar samples is key to its reliability’. The purpose of the DNA study is to “look at the reality of the current DNA testing technologies and methods to see how successful they are”. DNA Authentication Standards In 2015, Eric Schneiderman, New York Attorney General, tested herbal supplements and found four American retailers were allegedly selling fraudulent products! This led to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)...

Seaweed Benefits for the UK with Research on Seaweed Farms

Seaweed Farming is the system of cultivating and harvesting of seaweed. This consists of controlling the life cycle of algae as much as you can. Oban is a resort town, located on Scotland’s West Coast. Up to 25,000 tourists a year visit. A trial began in April 2017, to farm seaweed near Oban. The trial site is being looked after by researchers from the world renowned Scottish Association for Marine Science at Oban. Why Oban? Seaweed isn’t just being explored in Oban it is also harvested throughout Scotland. The waters surrounding the Outer Hebrides in Scotland have been attributed to be some of the most pristine and unpolluted in the world. Hence they have been given the highest quality classification available by SEPA (Scottish Environmental Protection Agency) to reflect this. Why Farm Seaweed: Seaweed Benefits for the UK The Global value of seaweed in 2014 was 6.4billion US dollars (~£5billion). The value exceeds that of the world’s lemons and limes! As a highly sustainable resource seaweed requires no land, freshwater or fertilizer to grow. Therefore some species of seaweed are even believed to grow up to 2 feet per day! Seaweed can be used to enhance nutrition and is naturally rich in Iodine (EU Approved Health Claim). Also seaweed may be used as a salt replacement for flavour and shelf-life extension. There are numerous uses of Seaweed. Animal fodder Biofuels Beauty products and most importantly… Food and health! These uses are globally relevant, and with here at home with seaweed benefits for the UK. Seaweed is thought to have been used by early Homo sapiens. Furthermore it was used...

Finding a vegan protein source: the 10 best ingredients to choose

Protein is key to every diet, including vegetarian and vegan. But what is the most beneficial vegan protein source out there?   Protein appears in fish, meat and eggs — we all know this — but finding a delicious vegan protein source is a lot easier than you might think. Protein helps to build and repair our bodies, so what vegan foods can you find it in? 10. Nutritional yeast Nutritional yeast is a great vegan protein source because it’s so versatile. It possesses an almost cheesy flavour and comes in both powder and flake form, meaning it’s commonly dusted over meals just like parmesan. It’s also rich in magnesium, zinc and all the B vitamins. 9. Lentils Not only can you use lentils in soup, dhal or salads, but they’re also a great place to find fibre and they’re rich in protein. 8. Tempeh Filled with probiotics, tempeh is an easily-digestible vegan protein source which contains twice as much protein as better known choices like tofu. 7. Teff Teff is an ancient grain which is full of protein, a bit like spelt but without the high gluten levels. 6. Quinoa There’re plenty of reasons why quinoa has proven to be such a popular vegan protein source. Grown from grasses, it can be refined into flour or used in seed form. 5. Seitan Although containing some gluten as it is derived from wheat, seitan also possesses a huge amount of nutritional goodness. Use it as a meat substitute as it’s the perfect main vegan protein source for any meal. 4. Hemp seed Hemp seeds are an easy vegan protein source, and are...

What is Seaweed & Co.? — watch Doctor Seaweed® himself discuss the benefits of seaweed

If you’re thinking, what is Seaweed & Co.? What do they do?, then let Doctor Seaweed® explain… Seaweed is 2017’s superfood, but with 10,000 species of seaweed out there it’s important to get a produce with the most nutritional benefits. So what is Seaweed & Co.? We’re the ones making sure you get the best seaweed ingredients out there. Seaweed has many different health benefits. From weight and blood sugar management and cognitive development, to making a fantastic flavour-boosting salt replacement and being a great source of iodine, there is so much that seaweed can do for your health. Iodine is a vital component of our overall health, helping our thyroid to function normally. Over three quarters of school aged girls in the UK are iodine deficient, showing just how important something like seaweed could be to our daily diet. What is Seaweed & Co.? If you’re curiously asking what is Seaweed & Co.? then watch the video above and let Doctor Seaweed® explain it. Or, read on. Seaweed & Co. only harvest seaweed from the pristine waters of the Scottish Outer Hebrides. It’s then dried and milled using Patent Pending production in a fully sustainable and traceable way to ensure only the finest quality produce is gathered. Seaweed & Co.’s seaweed ingredients offer a nutritional boost in many aspects, including as a source of iodine allowing for these EU Approved Health Claims: Normal Growth of Children   Normal Thyroid Function  Normal Cognitive Function  Maintenance of Normal Skin  Energy Yielding Metabolism  Normal Functioning Nervous System We could also answer the question what is Seaweed & Co. by saying that it is a...

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...