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Seaweed health benefits keep making waves

Seaweed health benefits keep making waves

Food industry experts agree that seaweed is the trendy food crop that will be making its way into people's homes this year.

Before the rediscovery of the plant's benefits, many consumers viewed seaweed as either something that washes up on the beach or a food item used exclusively as the wrapping on sushi rolls. Now, however, health-conscious individuals are recognizing the full nutritional power of seaweed as well as its versatility and huge potential for adding a delicious, savory flavor to any dish.

This growing educational movement surrounding the health benefits of seaweed has been bolstering the plant's potential and its popularity in Western markets. For instance, the British grocery store Sainsbury's says that sales of seaweed have increased by 35 percent over the last 18 months, with a January year-over-year increase of 40 percent. This is likely because as seaweed gains in popularity, word-of-mouth makes more and more consumers comfortable with the idea of incorporating seaweed into their daily meals.

Eating seaweed regularly certainly offers a large number of health benefits: Seaweed is simply packed with vitamins, minerals, trace elements and micronutrients, making it a smart snack choice for anyone.

"From a health perspective," one expert told the Daily Mail, "what really stands out is seaweed's high iodine content — iodine stimulates the thyroid, which manages mood, energy and metabolism."

Indeed, one gram of seaweed contains an individual's daily iodine requirement. Iodine is crucial for maintaining thyroid health, but unfortunately can be difficult to come by naturally, making seaweed an especially valuable health option. Additionally, seaweed contains large amounts of iron, calcium, soluble fiber and protein, all of which is necessary to help your body function at its best.

Consumers are also finding that because seaweed is nutrient-rich yet low in calories, it's perfect for preventing obesity and helping individuals on their quests to slim down. In fact, it's an easy food to incorporate into your New Year's diet, providing a delicious flavor while offering a fuller nutritional profile to any meal you might ordinarily prepare for yourself. The next time you find yourself reaching for a snack, try turning to seaweed instead! Your body will thank you, and so will your resolutions.

With all its health benefits, the only reason some individuals are reluctant to give the seaweed trend a try is because they're too intimidated by the thought of cooking with seaweed. For Americans, especially, seaweed can seem like a foreign food with a strange texture. Remember, though, that people have been eating seaweed for hundreds of years all over the world, and loving the taste is just a matter of preparing it correctly.

However, you don't even necessarily have to eat the raw plant to get the most out of all of its nutritional contents. If you don't care for the texture or taste of raw seaweed, try using Seagreens Food Granules as a spice that you can add to any savory meal you make. You can use it either salt replacement or as a tasty additional condiment!

Seagreens products are guaranteed to contain all the minerals, micronutrients, trace elements and vitamins that can be found in all-natural, organic seaweed, so there's no need to buy raw seaweed and struggle with difficult recipes.

Seagreens organic wild wrack seaweeds are produced to the company's award-winning proprietary standard (patents pending) among Scotland's remote Western Islands in pristine Grade A waters. All Seagreens products are organic, kosher and certified free from allergens and contaminants.

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