Health benefits of seaweed: here’s how to cook it

Seaweed does not always conjure up the most appetizing of images – it’s slimy, looks unpleasant, and tends to get in the way when you go for a swim at the seaside. All it’s good for, you may think, is to create a few exotic cosmetics. Well, seaweed can also become a very tasty treat at mealtimes – you just have to know how to cook it!

Health Benefits of Seaweed

First of all, I’ll take a look at the properties of various different varieties of seaweed and then I’ll tell you how seaweed can be used to create tasty food.

Thanks to globalisation, edible seaweed is gradually finding its way into kitchens all over Europe. The health benefits of seaweed are numerous, it is a surprisingly healthy food. Seaweed can help speed up your metabolism, give your immune system a boost and help flush toxins out of your system.

Before taking a look at how to cook seaweed, here are some common varieties and their health benefits.

First of all, there’s Dulse seaweed which is ideal if you suffer from anemia because its rich in proteins, iron and vitamins A and C. Next, there’s Wakame seaweed which is well known for its ability to remove toxins owing to the iodine, magnesium and calcium it contains. Kombu seaweed is another variety which can help detoxify and purify your body. Then there’s Agar seaweed which is useful for anyone dieting to lose weight because it can help keep the pangs of hunger at bay. To give your immune system a boost, there’s Klamath seaweed which can help reduce the effects of stress and can help prevent tumors from forming too. While all of these seaweeds are good for you, as with all foods, moderation is key.

When talking about edible seaweed Nori seaweed has to come in for a mention: this well-known variety is used in the preparation of sushi. As well as adding to the appeal of sushi, Nori seaweed is known for its anti-aging properties and its ability to combat free radicals.

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Generally, seaweed comes dried. For it to regain its original form, all you need to do is to soak it for a few minutes in cold water.

Let’s now see how to use seaweed in your cooking. I’ll start with Nori seaweed. Often referred to as “sea lettuce”, Nori is rich in Omega 3. It can be cut into strips, sautéed or rolled around a piece of soft cheese and, of course it is ideal for sushi.

Kombu seaweed makes a great addition to seafood soups, whereas Wakame can be added to rice, pasta, and seafood dishes.

Finally, Dulse seaweed is ideal for enhancing the flavour of appetizers, salads and omelettes. It can be sautéed along with a little garlic and olive oil.

Cooks are continually thinking up new ways to use seaweed to liven up their dishes but the best way to use this interesting and healthy ingredient has yet to be discovered.

Why not try seaweed for yourself? It’s good for you and your family and it’s fun to cook too.

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