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The history of seaweed reveals the story of how seaweed saved the crew of the Grimsby trawler

The history of seaweed is rich and fascinating, showing how the sea plant has saved lives in the past A small piece of seaweed saved the lives of the trawler Lord Darling and her crew in a miraculously strange episode from the history of seaweed. Originally built in Selby in 1914, the Lord Darling was originally called the Prince Palatine under the ownership of the Cargill Steam Fishing Company of Hull but was renamed in 1923 when she joined Consolidated Fisheries in Grimsby. This particular episode in the history of seaweed took place in the 1930s. On an expedition off the west coast of Scotland, the 19-year-old trawler — battered by roaring winds and wild seas — developed a leak. It seemed that all would be lost off Cape Wrath as water flooded into the vessel, which was almost completely submerged for nearly three quarters of an hour. Then, suddenly, it seemed to right itself. Even with water rising in the ship, Skipper Osborne and the rest of the Darling’s crew were able to navigate and beach the vessel in Loch Ewe. They had no idea why the ship had not sunk completely. What the crew then discovered was how this ship became an incredible story in the history of seaweed. The reason behind the ship’s survival on the water was downright miraculous… As Lord Darling was beached at Loch Ewe, Osborne discovered a small piece of seaweed wedged into a hole in the side of the ship, plugging up the damage. With the help of four villagers, the crew managed to dry the ship, repair the hole and...

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...

Eat healthy with seaweed

How you can eat healthy with seaweed (without giving up burgers and popcorn!)   We promise, it’s not hard to eat healthy with seaweed. You might think it’ll prevent you indulging in the tasty meals you love… but you’re wrong!   When you eat healthy with seaweed, you’re getting all the benefits of seaweed, and you can still enjoy tasty dishes like burgers and popcorn. Here’s how, courtesy of Doctor Seaweed®! “Why should I eat healthy with seaweed?” As the number one power plant superfood, seaweed contains all the amino acids, minerals and vitamin groups, and this makes it a great food to get in the habit of eating. It can even help improve your hair, your skin, and may even aid weight management through helping to manage and slow blood sugar release. That’s not all though! Seaweed is a fantastic source of iodine. As one of only two high-income countries in the world which suffers from iodine deficiency, it’s crucial that here in the UK we make sure we’re getting the iodine our bodies require. Healthy thyroid function, normal cognitive function and normal growth in children are all associated with iodine. Seaweed also boosts flavour! The common flavour enhancer, Monosodium glutamate (MSG), was originally sourced naturally through seaweed. When you eat healthy with seaweed, you’re reducing the need for as much salt in your meals. This is just a brief outline for why you should be eating seaweed, and it’s easy to do too! “How can I eat healthy with seaweed?” There’re loads of delicious ways to make it fun and tasty to eat healthy with seaweed! Coconut...

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...