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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...

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...

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...