Friday, February 3, 2012

Beauty Secret #2: Seaweed!

Most people like sushi rolls, whether its cooked or raw, but did you know that a lot of the nutrition actually comes from the seaweed its wrapped in?? It is commonly seen in soups, salads, side dishes as well as sushi wrapper sheets. For some, its delicious in any form, but for some its definitely an acquired taste. Its very healthy and good for weight-loss because there is virtually no fat content and only 5-10 calories per serving. Let's take a closer look at this hidden staple Asians have discovered.

Seaweed is one of the original super foods that was discovered thousands of years ago. Before, when seaweed was still not very common, seaweed gardens were only kept and served to the rich. Now, it is harvested in many Asian countries for various purposes. Seaweed draws its nutrients from the sea.

Raw or sun-dried seaweed contains:

  • High protein content: from 20% in green algae to 70% in spirulina
  • High mineral content: especially iodine, calcium, iron, magnesium
  • More vitamin C than oranges
  • Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory properties
  • Large proportion of natural, organic iodine aiding in maintaining a healthy thyroid function 
  • One of the richest plant sources of calcium
  • Polysaccharides: important in the prevention of degenerative diseases including cardiovascular and diabetes 2, increase the amount of feel-good chemicals in the brain, improves liver function, stabilizes blood sugar.
  • High dietary fiber content: good for digestion
Seaweed contains more vitamins and minerals than most fruits and vegetables. Breaking seaweed into your diet will help improve memory, hearing, eyesight, and make your teeth stronger. It also helps keep up your immune system, prevent infections, lower blood pressure, maintain a healthy heart, and stabilize cholesterol levels. The beauty aspect of seaweed is it clears up your skin from the inside and helps hair growth and shine. It will bring out a natural inner beauty! Now if that doesn't catch your interest, it also tastes good! 

I buy the small packets of roasted seaweed from the local Korean market. It comes in small plastic containers with square sheets. Its light enough to carry in your purse or lunchbox. I use it as a mid-afternoon snack instead of munching on chips or cookies. Hopefully you can try some too! Till next time :)

10 comments:

  1. I love sushi... also take spirulina, think it really does wonder for your metabolism, and its so full of anti oxidents... real anti aging food... great post!
    Greets from Ireland
    xxx Marina

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    1. Wow Ireland!! That's awesome!! I've heard about spirulina, I've gotta try it next time :)

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  2. Thanks for sharing this tip, I didn't know them ! I also try to eat as healthy as I can =) and I do feel better ! <3 Kisses

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  3. thanks for sharing this, didnt even know! haha and yes i do love sushi!

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  4. I love seaweed soup, I've had it about 5 or 6 times ..it's very nutritious you're right.

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  5. I lovelove seaweed ^^ one of my favorite snacks! xx

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