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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...

Smoked Seaweed Ingredients – British Spices!

A recent article in The Guardian highlights how Britain’s native plants give some amazing flavours.  One specifically they mention is the incredible pepper dulse – a type of seaweed.  Its intense peppery flavour is really quite spectacular.  However, as a very small growing plant, and found in sporadic patches along the shore, access to this species is not easy, and which therefore makes it difficult and expensive to harvest. The culinary impact of seaweeds is all around.  From Michelin Star restaurants, to the standard kitchen cupboard, seaweed is playing an increasingly important part in our daily diets.  The focus is that the right seaweeds are a natural and extremely healthy ingredient to use in foods and drinks, and that can taste really good. For this reason, Seaweed & Co. have developed Organic Naturally Oak Smoked Seaweed Ingredients, providing a highly nutritious, highly available and sustainable seaweed, which offers superb smoky flavours. Smoked Seaweed Ingredients are immensely versitile. Using just a 1/4 to a full teaspoon in stews, sauces, soups, on eggs and more, these Smoked Seaweed Ingredients provide wonderfully  aromas and flavours, and huge nutritional benefits.  Seaweed Ingredients are already used extensively to replace salt, and so the addition of smoky flavours can further enhance the ability to boost flavours and reduce the need to salt in foods. Have a look at some recipes here Where do Smoked Seaweed Ingredients come from? The seaweeds used are all sustainably wild harvested in the Scottish Outer Hebrides.  Then, they are dried and milled using proprietary techniques and technologies to produce extremely high quality seaweed ingredients in the form of powders or...

Seaweed Ingredients – Number 1 Trend for 2017

Here at Seaweed & Co., we are absolutely delighted to see our seaweed ingredients recognised as the NUMBER 1 Trend for 2017.  A recent report highlights Plant Power Trends, with Seaweed Ingredients as the number one.  This report features The Food Doctor’s Seasoned Corn and Smoked Seaweed Coated Edamame Bead as the example product (and it is our Smoked Seaweed Ingredients) Seaweed and seaweed ingredients have, over the past few years, been highlighted as THE food of the future.  Increasingly we are seeing seaweed in major retailers and mainstream brands.  This is due to the many functional benefits offered from seaweed ingredients, and the fact seaweed ingredients are on-trend as a natural, sustainable wholefood. The functional benefits of our unique seaweed ingredients include: Salt replacement, and flavour boosts Nutritional Enhancement Natural Iodine Supplementation, enabling EU Approved Health Claims Potential in weight and blood sugar management All these benefits come from seaweed ingredients that are clean label, natural, sustainable and sourced in Scotland. Our proprietary and innovative production techniques result in seaweed ingredients that offer multiple health and nutrition benefits, excellent flavours, and ease of application across many food, beverage and nutritional categories. With seaweed ingredients on trend for 2017, now is the time to really push the development of products that benefit from seaweed. In the past year or so, every major supermarket in the UK has launched and stocked products based around seaweed.  These include soups in Sainsbury’s, fresh seaweeds in Tesco, biscuits and condiments in Marks and Spencer, plus many more examples. Furthermore, in the past 15 years or so, we have seen a rapid growth in...

Seaweed Ingredients Still Have Huge Potential

A recent article in Food Navigator USA reports experts saying algae and seaweed ingredients still have huge potential Seaweed ingredients offer a plethora of benefits for the food, beverage and nutrition markets. The article highlights how there has been aspects of over promising and under delivering, specifically in the micro-algae industry. It states that  seaweed ingredients still have huge potential. Entrepreneurs didn’t always anticipate the technical challenges.  Furthermore there were distractions (and still are) with a focus on algae for biofuel.  The need to fulfil higher value food, nutrition, biomedical markets is where the opportunity is before we reach biofuel levels. Many of the benefits of micro algae and macro algae (seaweed) ingredients are laid our in the article, including medicine, proteins, nutrition, low calorie etc.  Many of the big challenges we face, from sustainability of food supply to addressing malnutrition, obesity and diabetes can all be solved with seaweed ingredients. Scalability of production systems, of a high quality has been a barrier also. The economics must work.  At Seaweed & Co. we focus on wild harvested species and have invested in supply chains that can maintain sustainability and have huge potential to grow.  From 1kg to 10,000 tonnes, we know we can deliver.  In addition, we are leading cultivation projects on species that don’t have a long term or scalable sustainable future from wild harvest. Seaweed ingredients still have huge potential Despite many successes, it is true that seaweed and algae and seaweed still offer huge opportunity to address market demands. These opportunities are yet to be realised for a number of reasons.  The main contrinutor to the...

Seaweed Superfood – its official!

Channel 4’s Superfoods programme was aired this week in the UK, and confirmed (what we’ve know all along!) that seaweed is a superfood!! Seaweed superfood is something that has been highlighted many times before.  In this programme the seaweed superfood attributes of weight management and reducing fat absorption were highlighted Presenter Kate Quilton explored the benefits of seaweed, with particular focus on the weight management and fat reducing capabilities of seaweed.  During this focus on seaweed superfood, Kate visited Dr Matthew Wilcox of Newcastle University.  Dr Wilcox demonstrated how specific compounds in seaweeds can reduce fat absorption, which could lead to weight loss. Dr Wilcox is a research collaborator with Seaweed & Co., and a member of our Expert Panel. Watch the programme here… Interestingly also, Kate visited Japan to see how seaweed there as a staple food is eaten.  There was a plethora of options ranging from some really tasty, to some rather strange! From visits around a cafe in the UK, it was clear that Western tastes are not yet ready for a big slab of seaweed on their plate.  However, used as an ingredient within foods, such as sausage, baked goods, soups and more, seaweed superfood offers huge potential as a true “superfood.” Seaweed Superfood Seaweed & Co.’s unique supply and quality is leading the market with our seaweed, as dried and milled ingredients, with multiple benefits including: Replacing Salt and Boosting Flavour Enhancing Nutrition Enabling EU Approved Health Claims Along with Dr Wilcox, we are leading research on the weight management and blood sugar management potential of our unique seaweed supplies and technologies. The format...

Iodine Deficiency in the UK – Could Iodine from Seaweed be the answer?

A recent report from the Iodine Global Network states that the UK “now ranks seventh among the ten most iodine-deficient nations in the world, one of only two high income countries on the list.” This is a pretty shocking statement, and we explore here if iodine from seaweed could be the answer? Iodine is an essential trace element, with EU Approved Health Claims associated with its intake. These Health Claims include contributing to normal thyroid function, cognitive function, metabolism, nervous system and development in children. The major sources of iodine are seafood (including iodine from seaweed of course!), and also some from dairy and eggs. However, with declining intake of these foods in the UK, often associated with a perception of being high calories which is certainly the case with dairy, parts of the UK, and subsections of society, are having a diet insufficient in iodine. A recent article from the British Nutrition Foundation reinforces this message. It discusses that whilst the focus on obesity and diabetes is essential, there needs to be more done to address the lack of micro nutrients such as iodine, which result from restricted diets that aim to reduce calorie intake alone. In terms of iodine insufficiency/deficiency statements, there is a note of caution that should be made; it is correct that there is evidence of low iodine levels in some sections of the public, but there is more work to be done to more accurately extrapolate this to the whole UK. This may reflect the discussion in the British Nutrition Foundation publication, which discusses problems in sub-sections of society (e.g. young women). The...