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Seaweed - a superfood for OMS'ers!

PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2016 4:46 am
by Jette
Seaweed - or sea vegetables - have a huge amount to offer in terms of adding flavour and variety to our diet and are real nutritional powerhouses as well. According to some 'foodie' forecasters, sea vegetables are primed to knock kale off its perch as the No.1 superfood within the next few years!

Sea vegetables, as a group, have more iron than red meat, more vitamin c than citrus, and more calcium than milk. They offer the broadest range of minerals of any food, containing virtually all the minerals found in the ocean—the same minerals that are found in human blood. They’re also super-concentrated sources of essential micronutrients like iodine (essential for healthy thyroid function) and zinc. They provide the same omega-3 fatty acids as fish (but are a much more sustainable food). Some sea vegetables contain compounds that can work to reduce inflammation in the body. Seaweeds represent virtually the only non-meat source of Vitamin B12 (the one vitamin the OMS programme advises us to take in supplement form).

The pages below make the case for adding sea vegetables to our diet:

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-h ... egan-diet/

https://draxe.com/simplifying-sea-vegetables/

For those of us who don't live near a an unpolluted coastline, or know our seaweeds well enough to forage in rock pools, dried seaweed is becoming more widely available. Health food shops & shops stocking Japanese products are a good source, and there are innovative online start-ups popping up all over the place:

http://cornishseaweed.co.uk
Online sales to UK, EU, US & beyond. Lots of information about how to use different seaweeds, information for foragers, recipes - many OMS friendly

http://maraseaweed.com
UK online shop, Information about seaweed health benefits & lots of recipes, many OMS friendly

http://www.seaveg.com
US + international online sales. Lots of information & recipes.

http://shop.goldminenaturalfoods.com
US online shop

http://oceantreasure.com.au/
Tasmania-based online supplier to Australian market. Also recipes.

http://www.pacificharvest.co.nz
New Zealand. Huge range of seaweed products. Mail order & lists of stockists. Information & recipes.

More recipes & ideas for using seaweeds on these sites:

http://www.brit.co/seaweed-recipes/

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-favo ... efits.html

http://www.chowhound.com/recipes/mikas- ... alad-29394

And if the recent forum discussion on flatulence is anything to go by, the following tip might be relevant to the OMS community: adding a strip of Kombu to the water we cook our dried beans or pulses helps to break down the enzymes that can produce bloating & gas.

Bon appetit to one and all,

Jette