There are not many ways for vegans and vegetarians to get certain vitamins and minerals as they don’t eat fish and meat. So, there may be a great deal of difficulty in finding a proper source of iodine, calcium, magnesium and omega3 fatty acids. When this is the case, seaweed offers a great solution.
Just take a look at these numbers that say a lot about seaweed benefits:
Organic Hebridean Ascophyllum Seaweed contains:
- 12 times more calcium than milk,
- 63 times more iron than lamb,
- 5 times more iodine than mackerel.
There are several algae types that can be part of your daily diet
( but make sure you benefit from the best seaweed supply!)
- Kombu:, enhances your metabolism, contains lots of iodine, and also has iron, calcium and dietary fibre, and has umami taste (or ‘the fifth taste’). Very low calories too! Also, this sea plant can be used to produce biofuel. (Note – ensure you don’t consume too much as some kelps/kombu can be very high in iodine. Contact us if you have questions)
- Dulse: contains 4 times more iron then spinach, a good amounts of protein, has a pleasant, smoky flavour.
- Wakame: contains the Vitamins A, C, E, and K that are simply amazing for your skin in the right quantities, and immune system. Just 4 calories per 10 grams!
- Spirulina: extremely good for vegetarians because it is a natural plant-protein source (just like nuts or lentils or soy products), BUT none of these products have the same amount of protein as spirulina (believe it or not, but it contains even more protein then beef!)
Algae generally, whether the seaweeds or microalgae, offer a great overall balance of nutrients, as well as some specifically rich natural sources of key nutrition. As always, traceable seaweed supply is critical, so know where it comes from and what the benefits are.
Ways to Get Your Seaweed Benefits
Here are some recipes that we think you’ll love!
- Vegan sushi (try quinoa instead of plain white rice)
- Seaweed salad – Ingredients remind of deconstructed sushi, so our advice is: don’t roll – throw it in a bowl
- Wakame salad
- Soba noodles with kale & mushrooms
- Seaweed savoury pancakes
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