There’s so much more to sea vegetables than what you see washed up on the beach. Here are their nutritional benefits:
- There are about 400 different varieties of edible sea vegetables . (A gold star to anyone who can name more than one…)
- By weight, over 1/3rd of dried sea vegetables is made up of minerals – making them one of the best sources for these vital nutrients. They contain all of the 56 minerals required for proper cognitive and physical functioning of the body – both the macro minerals (such as calcium, magnesium and potassium) and the trace minerals (zinc, copper and iron).
- In addition to their mineral content, sea vegetables are high in fibre, contain powerful antioxidants, and are virtually calorie-free. They also contain the compound alginate, which studies have shown can slow down digestion and make food release its energy more slowly.
- They are one of the few non-animal sources of vitamin B12, making it a great food for vegans and vegetarians.
- Sea vegetables are largely associated with a Japanese diet, and are credited with many of the benefits traditionally linked with it: low rates of cancer; longevity; thick lustrous hair; and clear flawless skin.
- You don’t have to look to Japan for sea-vegetables – this dietary tradition of our forefathers is being resurrected all around the British Isles, with Irish, Scottish and English companies harvesting and selling locally-sourced sea vegetables.
Finally, and most excitingly, we celebrate this super-food in many of our dishes but we really showcase their wonder in our 3-Day Japanese Boost Programme. Click here for more details, and see if we have spaces left for May’s Programme.