Sustainably wild harvested Laminaria saccharina from the coastal islands of British Columbia. The taste of Kombu is not fishy at all, but more of a mushroom-like flavour with a salty edge. It has a smooth and consistent texture.
For many Japanese dishes, Kombu is a key ingredient to give it that authentic Japanese taste. Commonly eaten raw, shredded into seaweed salads or used in rice and meat dishes. Did you know Kombu is the original ingredient in Kombucha?
Fat free, sugar free, cholesterol free, this alkaline sea vegetable is an excellent source or iodine, folate, vitamin k, amino acids, and soluble fibre. Rich in zinc, copper, manganese, magnesium, iron, and calcium. Kombu also offers small amounts of vitamin C, riboflavin, and pantothenic acid.
Possible health benefits of eating 5 grams of dried seaweed a day include:
- Supports Thyroid Function: Seaweed contains iodine and tyrosine, which are essential for thyroid hormone production and thus help regulate metabolism, growth, and repair of damaged cells.
- Nutritional Value: Seaweed is a rich source of vitamins (A1, A2, B1, B2, B6, B9, B12, C, D, E, K and F), up to 92 minerals, dietary fibers, protein, essential amino acids, and polyphenols, and many unique bioactives which exhibit antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Weight Management: Seaweed may aid in weight loss due to its low-calorie content and the presence of soluble fibers like alginate that can suppress hunger.
- Blood Sugar Control: Compounds in seaweed may help stabilize blood sugar levels and increase insulin sensitivity.
- Heart Health: Seaweed contains soluble fiber and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, which may benefit heart health by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
- Gut Health: Seaweed has fibers that act as prebiotics, feeding healthy gut bacteria and potentially improving digestive health.
- Immune Function: Seaweed may have compounds with antioxidant, anti-allergenic, and disease-fighting properties that help protect against infections.