What? Eat Seaweed? Why?
by Brian Wilson
Have you ever thought of eating seaweeds as healthy nutritious food? Probably not. Grocery store aisles are not exactly brimming with shelves stocked with seaweeds. Quite the contrary, you would be lucky to find any seaweed product there. So it would be no wonder if this item were missing from your kitchen cupboard at home, and how many recipes in your cookbook are there that calls for seaweed as an ingredient. You won't find it in your average menu plan. It is not something people usually consider when thinking about food unless they are into sushi, which is often served with seaweed.
Statistics show that the people of Japan have better health than people living in the United States. Seaweed is a staple food of the island country of Japan and diet is often the factor determining good health and longevity. Seaweeds have the high-fiber of vegetables, more protein than meat, and more calcium than milk. Eating seaweed is not a bad idea at all.
Replacing the fat of fast food burgers with the fiber of seaweed would go a long way to improving the way we eat. It could be done using seaweed extract without the burgers tasting much different.
A lot of modern food is over-processed and grown in depleted soil. That is not so if you eat seaweeds. The ocean floor is rich in nutrient material and seaweed is a concentrated source of minerals. Supplementing your regular diet with seaweed is a good way to be sure you are getting the quantity and variety of trace minerals and vitamins you need.