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Seaweed Benefits in 2017

As the New Year begins, there are a plethora of articles on seaweed benefits for a healthy start to 2017.  This is true all around the world. From the UK, to India to South Africa. These seaweed benefits include helping address weight management, which is so often the New Year burden after an indulgent Christmas period. Research on seaweed benefits has shown that key seaweeds, and their specific compounds, can aid with weight loss and management in a few different ways.  These include: Fat Absorption: Research on specific seaweed polysaccharides has shown that there is inhibition of enzymes responsible for the breakdown of fats.  This means less fat is absorbed, and more just passes through the body and is excreted. Satiety: Research on these polysaccharides has shown that their natural gelling agent, and delayed stomach emptying may result in actual increased feeling of fullness. A paper published on this highlights that those eating seaweed enriched bread ate significantly less calories at a subsequent meal as compared to those eating a control bread. Blood sugar management: Research on specific seaweed polyphenols has shown inhibition of enzymes responsible for the breakdown of carbohydrates. This means that carbohydrates are broken down more slowly, which means a slower release of sugars to the blood.  It could be regarded as similar to eating a slow release food like porridge versus a high sugar food like milk chocolate that gives an initial high spike in blood sugar, and then a crash which may make you hungry again. Metabolism: Iodine is a key trace element present in seaweeds. Ensuring the right species from the right supply...

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 for weight loss: Obesity and diabetes at Food Matters Live

Dr Craig Rose will be speaking on seaweed for weight loss at Food Matters Live this November.  The event covers many topics, and with a specific seminar on Obesity and Weight Management in diabetes.  This includes Dr Rose, who will talk on “Seaweed: the ingredient to benefit weight management and tackle diabetes?” Food Matters Live is billed as the UK’s only cross-sector event.  It brings together the food and drink industry, retailers, foodservice providers, government and those working in nutrition, to enable collaboration and innovation to support a sustainable food landscape for the future. Having spoken at previous Food Matters Live events on seaweed for salt replacement, and seaweed as a sustainable future food, Dr Rose has been invited back.  With on-going research on the benefits and potential of seaweed to address obesity and diabetes, and evidence of seaweed for weight loss, seaweed is an ideal fit for this year’s event. In addition to excellent speakers and exhibitors, making the whole event worth a visit, the seminar on Obesity and Weight Management in diabetes, will be on Thursday 24th November 2016. Seaweed for weight loss Seaweed for weight loss has had a traditional application, with more recent advances and research understanding the mechanisms.  Seaweed & Co. is at the forefront of this research, with partners including Newcastle University medical school.  The University has been researching specific seaweed extracts (alginates), which have proven seaweed for weight loss is very positive.  The seaweed extracts can reduce fat absorption, which means fats pass through the body without leading to weight gain.  This work continues. In addition, seaweed for weight loss and diabetes is...