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How to include Seaweed in your Diet

What is it?…. Seaweed is an algae, and scientifically is referred to as marine macro-algae (that means the big algae that grows in the sea!) In general, seaweed is a highly sustainable resource, as it requires no land, freshwater or fertiliser to grow. Seaweed is possibly the most nutrient-rich superfood out there! In a recent article seaweed was named as number 4 out of the superfoods that could leave a lasting contribution on your health. Check out these recipes showing how to include Seaweed in your diet! 1. Marlene’s Macro Paella 2. Thai Crab and Seaweed Cakes 3. Parmesan, Poppy Seeds and Seaweed Biscuits 4. Roasted Beet Hummus 5. Creamy Red Lentil Soup Check out more recipes here: http://www.seaweedandco.com/seaweed-recipes/ How including Seaweed in your Diet can benefit? Salt Replacement – reducing the amount of salt in your diet, flavour and shelf life extension Seaweed has been well researched and used commercially as a natural safe salt replacement. Our Hebridean Ascophyllum Seaweed contains natural glutamates that can enhance flavours in a product. Therefore, adding seaweed in your diet will mean, requiring less or no added salt in your food, to naturally enhance flavours. Iodine – Naturally rich in iodine, allowing EU approved health claims Iodine is essential for the normal functioning of your thyroid, which has many associated health benefits in the body. Our seaweed is a great source of iodine! At Seaweed & Co. our seaweed contains levels of iodine that allow for EU Approved Health Claims including:  Weight Management – increases satiety and blood sugar regulation. Specific species of seaweed have been found in research to reduce the...

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...

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...

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...

Salt, damned lies and statistics!! Just use seaweed for salt replacement

A recent article in Food & Drink Europe discusses the controversial success of salt reduction targets in the UK.  We just want more people to be using seaweed for salt replacement! The UK’s food industry was recently pleased with the success reported from voluntary salt reduction after a government survey shows average salt intake has fallen. According to the survey, the average salt intake fell by 0.9g between 2005 (8.8g) and 2014 (8.0g) for British adults.  This means an 11% decrease. Although the downward trend is welcomed, this still puts the levels well above the 6g maximum recommended salt intake per day. However, the the figures were  questioned by public health campaigners, Consensus Action on Salt (CASH).  There seems to be some confusion as to whether the averge intake in 2011 was 8.5g or 8.1g, based on methodology, and CASH say it is unclear how Public Health England did their calculations. All agree though that there is much more to be done, and any downward trend is welcomed. The primary issues remain with salt included in manufactured foods, and also in food service (restuarants, cafes and take aways). So, what are the options to achieve salt reduction and replacement? Seaweed for salt replacement Seaweed has been well researched, and applied commercially, as a natural safe salt replacement option. In a wide variety of foods, including baked goods, sauces, meats, soups and more, seaweed for salt replacement has been used with great success. Our own Hebridean Ascophyllum Seaweed is used widely.  It contains natural glutamates that can enhance flavours in product, thus requiring less or no added salt.  This is...

Creamy Red Lentil Soup (with seaweed nutritional benefits!)

Whilst the spring should be here, with longer days and daffodils in bloom, it is a cold rainy day where we are sat.  If its the same where you are, try this delicious, warming, and tasty soup from Marlene Watson-Tara; with added seaweed nutritional benefits too. Ingredients 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil (or use water or stock) 1 cup diced onion 1 cup chopped green beans 1 cup carrot rounds ¼ tsp. Hebridean Ascophyllum Seaweed 1 cup washed red lentils 3 cups organic bouillon/vegetable stock ½ lemon (juice and zest) 2 tsp white miso, diluted in ¼ filtered water Chopped flat-leaf parsley for garnish Instructions Heat the oil or water/stock in a pot over medium heat. Sauté the onion for 1 to 2 minutes or until translucent, add the green beans, then the carrot, cooking for a few more minutes. Add the Hebridean Ascophyllum Seaweed, lentils, the stock and the lemon juice and zest. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 20 minutes. When the beans are soft, add the miso and simmer very gently for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the kombu and serve garnished with chopped parsley. Serve as is, or puree with a hand blender. Serve and enjoy Seaweed Nutritional Benefits This recipe demonstrates the ease of adding seaweed into a range of foods, to enhance flavour and get seaweed nutritional benefits. Our Hebridean Ascophyllum Seaweed is packed full of nutrition, including minerals, trace elements, amino acids, vitamin groups, antioxidants and polyphenols.  Gram-for-gram seaweed nutritional benefits beats most other foods on the immense mineral content. The seaweed is...