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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...

Sea kelp versus seaweed, what actually is the difference?

Sea kelp, along with seaweed, is a commonly used term to describe sea plants, but how are the two different? Sea kelp has a number of health benefits and a high nutritional value, making it a popular sea plant just like seaweed. But sea kelp and seaweed are not the same, so here is the difference between these two marine plants. Seaweed is a term which can be used to describe many different marine-based species of plants and algae. But sea kelp is more specific. It describes the largest subgroup of seaweed. Seaweed ranges dramatically in size, whilst sea kelp is always quite large. You can break seaweed broken down into three groups — red, brown and green. This colour has a direct effect on how much light seaweed absorbs via photosynthesis, which decides how close to the ocean’s surface it grows. Sea kelp is officially labelled as a brown seaweed, even though it can vary in colour. The two also have different growing habitats. Seaweed can grow in any marine environment, including oceans, rivers, lochs and lakes. Kelp is most often found along rocky coastlines, and only in saltwater. Sea kelp needs nutrient-rich waters because of its bigger size, meaning there needs to be at least a small amount of movement in the water to ensure a continuous supply of nutrients. Whatever colour and size they are, sea kelp and seaweed both have particular characteristics. Seaweed has a unique internal structure, differentiating it from plants that grow on land. Seaweeds have what are called holdfasts instead of roots, and these holdfasts merely hold the plant in place rather...

Doctor Seaweed® takes safe seaweed supply global… all the way to South Korea!

Seaweed & Co. only delivers a safe seaweed supply of the highest quality, and now they’re extending their reach even further    Dr Craig Rose has been managing director of Seaweed & Co. since founding the company back in 2015. It’s his mission to share a safe seaweed supply with the world, with a dream of everybody understanding the benefits seaweed can have on their overall health and wellbeing. Well, it seems that dream has come a huge step closer! With ERDF funding administered by the Department for International Trade behind the action, Seaweed & Co. is preparing to break into the South Korean market with their safe seaweed supply. This DIT support has been vital in helping Dr Rose carry out the essential market research and business exploration necessary for ensuring the move into the South Korean market goes as smoothly as possible and leads to the highest quality produce and service. The inclusion of South Korea to Seaweed & Co.’s list of buyers puts them alongside Europe, Israel and the US in a group of major world players benefitting from Seaweed & Co.’s safe seaweed supply. The seaweed produce itself travels a long way to get to these countries, as Seaweed & Co. only harvest their safe seaweed supply from the pristine waters of the Scottish Outer Hebrides, after which it is carefully prepared, dried and exported using Patent Pending production systems to ensure it remains pure and high quality. This helps Seaweed & Co.’s safe seaweed supply boast a larger number of health benefits, such as being a high source of iodine and acting as a...

Seaweed & Co.’s Patent Pending Seaweed Ingredients

Seaweed & Co. has developed and invested in innovative and novel techniques and technologies to produce their high-quality and Patent Pending seaweed ingredients (GB1702881.2).   Developing Patent Pending seaweed ingredients has taken world-class expertise and implementation of technologies to produce food grade seaweed ingredients. The innovation of Seaweed & Co. has resulted in our Patent Pending seaweed ingredients being used by the largest food manufacturers in the UK, and in products on the shelves of every supermarket in the UK, and nutrition companies around the world.  This has been possible due to the extremely high quality, transparent traceability and sustainability of our supply chain. In independent testing, carried out in UKAS Accredited laboratories and validated as part of University research, our Patent Pending seaweed ingredients have proven to be higher on key measures of quality as compared to other supplies of the same species. The specialist technologies, more gentle processing and full analytical traceability are key aspects to our proprietary seaweed ingredients; allowing for consistent quality and scalable production. However, the innovation is not stopping any time soon… Building on our Patent Pending seaweed ingredients, further innovations are already in place.  These include our Naturally Oak Smoked Organic Scottish Seaweed, which provides all the health benefits of our core seaweeds, in addition to superb smoky flavours.  In fact, this ingredient was selected as the example to highlight seaweed as the Number One Ingredient for 2017. Other innovations are coming soon…to be launched at Vitafoods 2017. The benefits of Patent Pending Seaweed Ingredients Seaweed is THE future food. The species and supply we focus on is sustainable and scalable into...

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...

Allergen Free Seaweed Supplied by Seaweed & Co.

It may seem odd that seaweed (clearly from the sea!) could be considered allergen free seaweed.  However, Seaweed & Co. can offer allergen free seaweed within the parameters stated, and which we explain more about here. By its very nature, seaweed comes from the sea, and so the presence of fish and crustaceans in the same water as our seaweed is something that we cannot avoid.  However, we do offer allergen free seaweed by virtue of the way we harvest, process and undertake extensive analysis. Furthermore, our allergen free seaweed goes further to ensure allergens are not handled on site, and operating procedures are in place to cover this. Harvesting for Allergen Free Seaweed The core species of seaweed we harvest, Ascophyllum nodosum, is cut by specialist vessels, and not by hand.  This is a key part of reducing the likelihood of allergens such as fish, crustaceans and molluscs.  The seaweed is cut around high tide, when it is floating up towards the water surface.  Since only the top foot or two of the seaweed is harvested, then there is far less likelihood of encountering other organisms.  When seaweed is hand harvested, it is done at low-tide which is when the seaweed is on the rocks out of the water.  At this stage, other organisms are active in and around the seaweed.  This makes the likelihood of potential allergens being incorporated in harvested seaweed much higher. An interesting fact about Ascophyllum seaweed is that it needs to reduce its drag in the water due to the often high energy environments that the it inhabits.   Higher drag increase the...