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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...

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 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...

Iodine Deficiency in the UK – Could Iodine from Seaweed be the answer?

A recent report from the Iodine Global Network states that the UK “now ranks seventh among the ten most iodine-deficient nations in the world, one of only two high income countries on the list.” This is a pretty shocking statement, and we explore here if iodine from seaweed could be the answer? Iodine is an essential trace element, with EU Approved Health Claims associated with its intake. These Health Claims include contributing to normal thyroid function, cognitive function, metabolism, nervous system and development in children. The major sources of iodine are seafood (including iodine from seaweed of course!), and also some from dairy and eggs. However, with declining intake of these foods in the UK, often associated with a perception of being high calories which is certainly the case with dairy, parts of the UK, and subsections of society, are having a diet insufficient in iodine. A recent article from the British Nutrition Foundation reinforces this message. It discusses that whilst the focus on obesity and diabetes is essential, there needs to be more done to address the lack of micro nutrients such as iodine, which result from restricted diets that aim to reduce calorie intake alone. In terms of iodine insufficiency/deficiency statements, there is a note of caution that should be made; it is correct that there is evidence of low iodine levels in some sections of the public, but there is more work to be done to more accurately extrapolate this to the whole UK. This may reflect the discussion in the British Nutrition Foundation publication, which discusses problems in sub-sections of society (e.g. young women). The...