Toxic discovery shows that not all seaweed is created equal
If you are eager to start experimenting with seaweed recipes, you aren't alone. This plant is enjoying a major surge in popularity around the world – and rightfully so. Seaweed is rich in nutrients and can be harvested sustainably without the use of land or fresh water. However, before you start delving into the exciting world of seaweed-based cuisine, it's important to stay informed about potential risks.
Because seaweed is derived from the ocean, contamination may be a risk if it has not been harvested from a clean environment and tested thoroughly. A recent case in Australia emphasizes this fact.
"Seaweed with arsenic levels 22 times the safe consumable standard has been stopped at the Australian border," reports the Canberra Times, a regional news outlet in Australia. "Arsenic levels are regulated by Food Standards Australia New Zealand, which permits a maximum of one milligram per kilogram."
So what does this mean for consumers who want to take advantage of seaweed nutrients? Simply that you must perform your due diligence before trying out any seaweed recipes. Previously on this blog, we reported that certain varieties of seaweed along the West Coast were found to be contaminated by radiation from Fukushima. With that in mind, make sure to seek out samples of the sea vegetables that have been certified as toxin-free.
Seaweed boasts incredible health benefits thanks to its endless supply of vitamins, minerals and trace elements, so don't let these instances keep you from savoring this sea vegetable! Seagreens® seaweed is organic and sustainably wild-harvested in certified Grade A pristine waters in the Scottish Outer Hebrides. The seaweed in our Food Capsules, The Mineral Salt and other offerings has been processed to Human Food Quality™ standards (patents pending). These rigorous standards have been developed and implemented to ensure that Seagreens® is not only highly nutritious, but traceable, safe and sustainable as well.