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Could you be Iodine Deficient as a result of a Dairy Free Diet?

Dr Craig Rose summarises, why some people could be iodine deficient as a result of a dairy free diet (that is insufficient in iodine), and how seaweed may benefit it. Dairy Free Diets Approximately  three quarters of the world’s population may be dairy intolerant. Some people may choose to consume a dairy free diet as a lifestyle choice.  Others consume a dairy free diet to benefit their health as they are affected by an allergy or intolerance. A lifestyle choice to consume a dairy free diet, may relate to the ethics surrounding milk production.   According to Mayo Clinic of the definition of a lactose allergy “is an abnormal response by the body’s immune system to milk and products containing milk… allergies can cause anaphylaxis – a sever life-threatening reaction”. The definition of a lactose intolerance is when people “are unable to fully digest the sugar (lactose) in milk. As a result… the symptoms can be uncomfortable”. How Seaweed Benefits a Dairy Free Diet? Milk contains iodine, calcium, proteins, vitamins A, B12 and D. You may need to supplement these into your diet if you are dairy free. As you may not be getting enough, which could lead to consumers being iodine deficient as a result of a dairy free diet, insufficient in iodine. Lactose is a sugar found in milk, that aids the absorption of minerals like magnesium and zinc. These elements are vital for your body and cognitive development. Getting the right amount of these important vitamins and minerals may prove difficult. However, supermarkets today do have some fantastic dairy free products and dairy free ranges. They...

The Ultimate Guide to Healthy Seaweed Snacks

Are you prone to a snack or two a day? Are they unhealthy and delicious, or healthy and delicious? Read on to find out more about the latter! Snacking in the UK is very popular with 93% of adults admitted to snacking over a two-week period and 63% of these snack once or more between meals a day. 57% of snackers say ‘I am trying to eat less snacks for health reasons (e.g. to reduce calories)’[i]. This shows that there is a market for healthy snacks. On a global scale the retail value growth of savoury snacks are set to overtake confectionary. Furthermore Euromonitor predicted that savoury snacks will grow by 5%, and confectionary only be 3.6% by the end of 2017. This trend is followed by Blogger Ella Mills, who launched Deliciously Ella Energy Balls in 2016.  Suitable for vegans they are dairy, and gluten free, as they use nuts along with only 6 other ingredients in the balls. Burt’s Crisps have also expanded their healthy snack range by adding Quinoa Crinkles in January 2017. Some examples of health snacks are: nuts; seeds; bars or biscuits; trail mixes; and pulses. Why Pulses? Like seaweed, pulses are a powerful superfood and furthermore have been an essential part of the human diet for centuries. A pulse is an edible seed of a plant from the legume family, some examples are: baked beans; lentils; chickpeas; broad beans; garden peas; edamame beans; and kidney beans. Healthy, nutritious and easy to cook with. Also growing pulses promotes sustainable agriculture, indirectly reduce Greenhouse gases, and use less water to grow than other crops. They...

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...

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...

Seaweed Week on BBC Programmes – Discussing the Many Seaweed Benefits

Seaweed has had a meteoric week of media, as the many seaweed benefits continue to amaze, and demonstrate their relevance to many aspects of our lives. The appearance of our own Dr Craig Rose on BBC Radio 4’s The Today Programme was a huge highlight for us.  What an amazing and hugely credible show to be associated with. This followed on from an earlier interview on BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today Programme, as part of their Seaweed Week.  Each show this week has started with a piece on seaweed, and the many seaweed benefits.  Wednesday’s show featured our very own Dr Craig Rose.  Craig discusses the many seaweed benefits, and how our unique DNA Authenticated Seaweed ensures quality and traceability in the supply chain. Other key seaweed stories this week, many featuring Seaweed & Co., have been reported, on the huge scope of seaweed, and the many seaweed benefits.  A selection of these stories are: Mail Online: New multi-million pound industry will help satisfy the growing demand for the salty algae Food Ingredients: Booming Seaweed Industry is Flourishing as the West Capitalizes on Crop The Times: Taking the plunge to harvest ‘gold standard’ seaweed Even The Sun reported on the story, and featured Dr Rose, with the headline of: “You can’t be Sea-rious”!! Dr Rose was also contacted by Biofuels International to discuss the opportunities of seaweed for biofuels, which are apparent and viable in the longer term.  The many seaweed benefits available link to seaweeds’ ability to address all the mega trends of food, health and nutrition, life sciences and energy.  No other natural resource can do this to our...

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...