Sustainably wild harvested Nereocystis leutkeana from the coastal islands of British Columbia. Often referred to as “bull whip”, this macro algae is one of the tastiest dried seaweeds, with a fine tender texture and a potato-like taste.
Tomato based dishes like pasta sauce, pizza toppings, fried potatoes, or beans are best to add Nereocystis to. It is so diverse you can try adding flakes with other dishes, like fried zucchini, scrambled eggs, soup and salads too!
The quality of the seaweed protein is comparable to lean ground beef and whole cooked eggs based on it’s amino acid composition and digestibility. A good source of vitamins, minerals, and soluble fibre.
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.