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Seaweed takes the BBC by storm!

On 23rd November 2017, Seaweed & Co. Founder and Managing Director, Dr Craig Rose, appeared on BBC World News, BBC Impact to discuss future foods, sustainability and seaweed’s important role in delivering a healthy and sustainable future. BBC World News BBC World News is the BBC’s international news and current affairs televisions channel. It broadcasts to 99 million people weekly, making it the BBC’s biggest television service.  The channel is available in more than 440million homes, 3million hotel rooms, 165 cruise ships and 13 commercial airlines. Dr Craig Rose, was invited to talk on BBC World News about seaweed as a future food. The Programme The opportunity to take part in the feature followed Dr Rose’s talk at the London based trade show Food Matters Live in a seminar on innovative ingredients. With presenter Yalda Hakim, the feature explored the current uses and future potential of seaweed. The feature showcased our Naturally Oak Smoked Organic Scottish Seaweed, which is ideal for superfood blends and nutritional powder mixes as well as food applications. These unique attributes make it a versatile and innovative ingredient. The sustainability of seaweed, the scalability, and the potential to meet key market challenges, such as salt replacement, mineral deficiencies, obesity and diabetes, makes it an ideal food and nutrition ingredient for now and into the future. The programme discussed how seaweed is a popular food in Asia, however overtime it has been forgotten in the West. Craig also explained how seaweed is good for people, and good for the planet, with the aim to change the mindset of people and make seaweed accessible for people, and...

DNA Authenticated Seaweed

During 2013, the Horse Meat scandal led to consumers losing their confidence in meat products, and the honestly of the paper trail. Without analytical, independent authentication of what meat is what, then people and companies can lie; and they did. Therefore, DNA authentication is increasingly used as a method where the results can’t lie, and can be independently verified. Find out how here at Seaweed and Co. we developed and use this process for our DNA Authenticated SeaweedTM. DNA Authentication A new US Government program is testing the reliability of DNA techniques for botanical identification. It is a voluntary study being carried out by AHPA (American Herbal Products Association). The aim of the DNA analysis study is to look at the effectiveness of currently used methods of DNA sequencing for botanical ingredients identification. The study will be spilt into two main steps. The first being a straightforward botanical identification. This should be a standard approach for most labs. The second part will be using a more challenging sample for botanical identification. This should test the labs capabilities, and the effectiveness therefore of the technique. Chief scientific officer of AHPA, Maged Sharaf said ‘being able to reliably use DNA to ID very similar samples is key to its reliability’. The purpose of the DNA study is to “look at the reality of the current DNA testing technologies and methods to see how successful they are”. DNA Authentication Standards In 2015, Eric Schneiderman, New York Attorney General, tested herbal supplements and found four American retailers were allegedly selling fraudulent products! This led to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)...

Seaweed Benefits your Health and your Humour!

Here’s a little reminder of International Joke Day that this year was on the 1st July! Why was the sand wet?… Because the Seaweed!   Why did the Seaweed?… Because he saw the Crab dressing!   Where does seaweed look for a job?… In the ‘Kelp-wanted’ ads!   Why did the Algae and Fungus get married?… Because they took at Lichen to each other!   What did the beach say to the sea?… ‘Long tide, no sea’!   Did you hear about the Lobster at the disco?… He pulled a muscle!   Mum: what did you buy from the shop? Son: Seaweed! I just couldn’t Kelp myself!   What does the seaweed say when its stuck to the bottom of the sea?… ‘Kelp! Kelp!’ Now Seaweed has benefited your humour… what are the reasons seaweed benefits your health? Seaweed is the food of the future! At Seaweed & Co. we want to help you understand seaweed, use it, and love it! Our seaweed has exceptional flavour, can replace salt, offer health and nutrition benefits, and has the sustainability potential to feed everyone. Research shows it can help manage weight and blood sugar levels, improve the quality if your hair and skin and is an outstanding natural source of Iodine. Get in touch with Doctor Seaweed via our website or social media to find out more (and tell us a few more...

Seaweed and Iodine Benefits: An urgent need for preventing inadequate iodine intake

A recent study, published in The Journal of Nutrition, has highlighted the urgent need for the long-term intake of iodine in the diet, especially in women of child bearing age. This is a serious problem, and one that is growing, around the world.  Diets insufficient in iodine can have multiple health consequences on women, and on the development of their unborn children.  The study suggests that low levels of maternal iodine may be linked to reduced brain development at age three. Importantly, the study concludes that it is long term intake, and from dietary sources that is needed, and that short term supplementation (e.g. iodine extracts in pregnancy supplements) could be potentially harmful.  Furthermore, a sudden increase in iodine intake from supplements, although modest and within recommendations, might also lead to a ‘stunning effect,’ with transient inhibition of maternal or foetal thyroid hormone production. Seaweed and Iodine Benefits Seaweeds can be a very good source of iodine.  However, it is critical that the source and type of seaweed is known.  Kelps can be very very high in iodine, and far too high for some.  The source of seaweed can also impact on safety, quality and iodine levels.  For these reasons, we test iodine in every batch, and we have selected species that are known for their relatively moderate levels of iodine.  Our seaweeds are also well researched and understood. Seaweed and iodine benefits have been well studied. Our own Doctor Seaweed is involved in research with Glasgow University Medical School looking at seaweed as a source of iodine in the diet.  As part of this work, a publication in...

Seaweed Benefits Paleo Diet!

Consuming only the most natural foods, to return our bodies to their natural state, is the purpose of the Paleo Diet, here we will discover the facts and how seaweed benefits paleo diet participants. What is the Paleo Diet? The paleo diet is often referred to as the Caveman diet, only eating foods that would be found in that era: fish, meat, vegetables, seeds and nuts. The concept is to eat healthy and avoid the foods that may negatively impact your natural digestion process. The diet eliminates all the foods that would have not been present in the days of the cavemen, i.e. processed, cultivated and pre-packaged food, and so helps you to eat natural foods only. It’s not just about losing weight! It is a clean eating diet without additives, preserves or chemicals. And due to the amount of protein and natural fats consumed on the Paleo diet, it is said you are left with a feeling of fullness and satisfaction. Did you know? Bill Clinton switched to the Paleo diet to receive a wider consumption of protein while maintaining his build. Miley Cyrus has dairy and gluten allergies and uses the Paleo diet to manage these, she has been reported saying “It’s not about weight – it’s about health. Gluten is crap anyway!” Other celebrities and sports stars whom are Paleo advocates include: Jessica Biel; Megan Fox; Lebron James; Matthew McConaughey; Gwyneth Paltrow; and Tom Jones. Why Seaweed Benefits Paleo Diet? Archaeological evidence shows that Seaweed benefits paleo diet, and so was a part of a caveman’s diet. Professor Mouritsen from the University of Southern Denmark commented...

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...