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Who eats seaweed?

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Created July 13, 2010 at 11:00 PM

Do you eat seaweed?

If you do, what types of seaweed do you eat? How do you eat it? Have you noticed any effects, positive or negative?

It seems to have a long history of use by coastal people in different parts of the world and there seem to be many different types that are edible. I have recently been adding some small amount of dried kelp to vegetables cooked for dinner and it adds some interesting variety.

It has been mentioned here about risks of eating the purified polysaccharide Carrageenan but I don't know of any such evidence for eating other seaweeds whole.

There are some hints at possible benefits to consuming seaweeds. These are just a few intereting papers from pubmed I came across. They are mostly epidemiological and are not proof of effect. However I think seaweed could be an under-appreciated aspect of some East Asian diets.

Inflammation Type 2 diabetes in men Metabolic syndrome Breast cancer Lowering oestrogen

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on February 17, 2011
at 09:31 PM

I just started buying natural nori. (not processed into sheets) I toast it up in a pan on low heat. It is transformed by toasting into a great crunchy salty snack. I add nothing to it, but munch on it when I have a craving for salty and crispy. Try it if you can find it in this form.

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on July 15, 2010
at 06:31 AM

just bought some dulse and sprinkled it on our eggs for breakfast - even the kids liked it.

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on July 15, 2010
at 03:05 AM

@ ben, perhaps the sriracha sauce is fermented? The fish sauce I buy has sugar in the label but not in the nutrition facts. Since it's fermented, I don't worry too much about it.

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on July 15, 2010
at 02:43 AM

I guess I am not very good at being a purist. =) A few drops of Sriracha goes a long way for me and I figure it is less carby than salsa.

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on July 15, 2010
at 12:27 AM

hey Jeanne, i see you wrote Sriracha, and indeed i see that on these boards a lot. Across the web on paleo sites, too. i realize when you look at the nutrition label it says zero carbohydrates but sugar is the second or third ingredient isnt it? Just wondering if everyone knows something i dont. cheers. ps. tastewise, im down, the stuff rocks.

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on July 13, 2010
at 11:08 PM

Forgot to mention that many contian Iodine too.

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590987831dd6f6542829e69bb9ea6a48

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on July 14, 2010
at 02:23 AM

I like to wrap nori around my breakfast eggs, usually adding Thai fish sauce and a little Sriracha sauce. I think Eden nori from Japan tastes better than the others I have tried.

I avoid carrageenan now as I think that I react to it, with tightness and irritation in my throat.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on July 15, 2010
at 12:27 AM

hey Jeanne, i see you wrote Sriracha, and indeed i see that on these boards a lot. Across the web on paleo sites, too. i realize when you look at the nutrition label it says zero carbohydrates but sugar is the second or third ingredient isnt it? Just wondering if everyone knows something i dont. cheers. ps. tastewise, im down, the stuff rocks.

Ab6d5fded95559985919961c62b1847d

(434)

on July 15, 2010
at 03:05 AM

@ ben, perhaps the sriracha sauce is fermented? The fish sauce I buy has sugar in the label but not in the nutrition facts. Since it's fermented, I don't worry too much about it.

590987831dd6f6542829e69bb9ea6a48

(508)

on July 15, 2010
at 02:43 AM

I guess I am not very good at being a purist. =) A few drops of Sriracha goes a long way for me and I figure it is less carby than salsa.

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on July 19, 2010
at 05:17 AM

love kelp. I eat it raw as a snack almost everyday. The saltiness is a bit much for some but it like it. Its the beefjerky of the sea. Arame in soups is also a nice addition. They're often used in miso soups.

Seaweed has great health benefits. Lots of iodine for your thyroid, healthy minerals and has anti-inflammatory qualities.

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on July 16, 2010
at 03:22 AM

I love sea weed, especially NORI, KELP, KONBU & DULSE.

I wrap nori around pretty much everything I eat... I mix kelp and konbu in with spaghetti squash or steamed shredded cabbage and I sprinkle dulse on a lot of my meals which is a good sub/addition to salt.

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on July 14, 2010
at 09:56 PM

I use nori to wrap scrambled eggs. I brush the nori with toasted sesame seed oil and lightly salt it first. It is also good to brush with the oil/salt and use as a wrap for stir fry instead of putting stir fry on rice or noodles or flour wrap

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on July 14, 2010
at 02:37 AM

I munch on nori sheets as a snack and sprinkle dulse granules on nearly everything savory. Haven't noticed any changes, but it is tasty.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 17, 2011
at 09:31 PM

I just started buying natural nori. (not processed into sheets) I toast it up in a pan on low heat. It is transformed by toasting into a great crunchy salty snack. I add nothing to it, but munch on it when I have a craving for salty and crispy. Try it if you can find it in this form.

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on July 14, 2010
at 12:45 AM

i eat Maine Coast Dulse Flakes as a part of my salad dressing pretty much daily. I dont think it has any real flavor once mixed with everything. Sometimes i put a little bit in broth, too. Then i eat nori sheets, rolled around cold cuts for a snack occasionally. If im at a sushi joint ill prolly get a seaweed salad, too.

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

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on July 15, 2010
at 06:31 AM

just bought some dulse and sprinkled it on our eggs for breakfast - even the kids liked it.

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on July 14, 2010
at 12:20 AM

I eat Nori when I cheat with sushi rolls. Otherwise I've found green seaweed varieties on their own give me bad indigestion and therefore I steer clear

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on July 13, 2010
at 11:17 PM

I've been adding the Maine Coast kelp w/cayenne granules to stuff but haven't noticed any difference plus or minus. 1/4tsp provides 3mg iodine. I use maybe 1/8tsp on stuff as a seasoning, though it doesn't really have much taste.

So no, not directly as I dislike the taste of e.g. nori or dulse, but this is another way to get that iodine.

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on August 18, 2011
at 11:56 PM

I found a great brand, Sea Snax, that uses only seaweed, olive oil and sea salt - no soy sauce like most brands. Some other great finds at Whole Foods today, detailed at my site, primalinapinch.com!

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on July 19, 2010
at 02:32 PM

I occasionally eat seaweed, but I take kelp tablets every day for the iodine. One seaweed I avoid is Hijiki because it has been found to contain higher amounts of inorganic arsenic than other types of seaweed.

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