The Superfood Under the Sea: Seaweed

In an age where fast food chains occupy every street corner and unsatisfying salads cost $15, healthy food options are no longer what we would consider convenient. And unless you’re Popeye, the only thing spinach is good for is leaving a bad taste in your mouth. However, the answer to finding a tasty and accessible health option has always been near us—seaweed snacks.

A Korean cooking staple, seaweed is used in a variety of ways throughout Asian countries, especially in the form of roasted seaweed. Not only does edible seaweed delight the tastebuds with a fresh and crispy taste, the health benefits of seaweed are unprecedented among snack foods. And here’s why:

  • Dried seaweed is a great source of iodine - According to the American Thyroid Association, approximately 40% of the world’s population is at risk of iodine sufficiency. Edible seaweed can provide up to 164 grams of iodine which is not produced in the body, assisting in regulating metabolism.
  • Seaweed snacks are chock full of nutrients- Goodbye Flintstone vitamins, hello seaweed chips. Seaweed nutrition includes a variety of antioxidants and vitamins essential to your diet - think C, E, K, and more letters than spilled alphabet soup.
    • Contains 1,500% more iron and other minerals than land plants - If you’re vegan, vegetarian, or just don’t eat a lot of meat, dried seaweed can provide all the iron, magnesium, and calcium your diet might lack. Sorry kale, you just didn’t make the cut.
    • Roasted seaweed assists in weight loss - I know you might be skeptical of this claim by now, but a study done in the UK found that sea algae “can reduce the amount of fat absorbed by the body by around 75%.”
    • Seaweed benefits mood and helps fights depression - When asking “Is seaweed good for you?” the answer is yes, for more ways than one. With high amounts of chlorella, an effective combatant of depression, edible seaweed can naturally increase your mood and boost happiness throughout the day.

    The Health benefits of seaweed are abundant to say the least, and do so without sacrificing flavor or ease of use. And KPOP Foods wants to ensure accessibility of this “superfood” to all who want to experience these kelp benefits. Get KPOP Sea Snacks here to enjoy all these seaweed benefits.

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