As you make your resolutions to eat healthier this year, make sure you’re adding seaweed to your shopping list. This powerful green food does more than hold your sushi together. Seaweed is a highly nutritious food that can benefit all diets.
While the scent of seaweed may not be the most appetizing aroma, the taste and benefits trump the strong smell. There are several varieties of seaweed, yet according to Livestrong.com, all types contain essential amino acids. This causes seaweed to be a great protein source for meatless diets. Additionally, seaweed has a whole medicine cabinet full of vitamins and minerals packed inside. You can find vitamins A and C, potassium, iron, calcium, iodine, magnesium, and it’s one of the few vegetables with B-12.
Many like to tout seaweed as a weight loss or maintenance food as it’s possible that the food’s properties can help speed metabolism. Britney Spears and Victoria Beckham are a couple of the many celebrities rumored to use seaweed to help keep their Hollywood figures.
If the list of nutrients, and celebrity endorsements, didn’t convince you to stock up, consider the other benefits in seaweed. The vegetable is extremely low in calories and the fiber can fill you up on just a small amount of food. The soluble fiber found in seaweed slows digestion and absorption rates and this allows for the super plant to balance blood sugar.
Seaweed is simply a healthful addition for any eating plan. The vegetable just has so many beneficial properties. If you can’t get past seeing seaweed as the wrap holding sushi together, then consider its versatility for tea, bread, soup, smoothies, and salads. Find a recipe, like this Asian Inspired Cold Noodle Salad, and get this powerful plant in your diet all year round.
December 28th, 2012