There’s a new superfood that’s being touted by nutritionists, health experts, and scientists as one of the best foods you can eat: seaweed. It’s super and wonderful because its benefits extend far beyond basic nutrition. It is a healthy and natural food without chemicals, cholesterol, artificial coloring or preservatives. Need we say more?
The only plants which synthesize any significant amount of Vitamin D in their tissues, sea vegetables contain 90 percent calcium and magnesium. These super veggies also boast organically-bound vegetable iodine which is necessary for proper thyroid and brain function, sleep, a healthy weight and metabolism, as well as strong hair, nails, and skin. Iodine is such an extraordinary nutrient, yet it is virtually missing in almost every other food. In addition, it is loaded with protein, calcium, iron, and vitamins. Let’s break it down so you can visualize the nutritional benefits by comparing seaweed to other foods you know very well. Gim contains 16 times the nutritional content of cabbage, 3 times the amount of beta-carotene contained in carrots, 9 times the iron found in pork, and 3 times the calcium of milk. It’s also a wonderful guilt-free snack for those wanting to slim down the waistline – with only a quarter of the calories of potato chips it’s the better choice to satisfy your snacking craving.
You’ve probably chewed on it the last time you had a sushi roll and if you ordered miso soup with that roll it’s the stuff floating in it. “Seaweed” is the common name for countless species of marine plants that grow in the ocean – essentially veggies from the sea. They come in a variety of types and in different colors and are called different things by different people. In Korea, this seaweed is called gim and is comparable to nori in Japan and laver as it is known in Wales. It is a staple in Asian diets since ancient times. Not only are these free-floating “weeds” of the sea utterly essential to innumerable marine creatures, both a food and as habitat, they also provide many benefits to land-dwellers, notably those of the human variety.
Genetic Modification is a technique that changes the genetic makeup of cells, including alteration of genetic materials and other biologically important chemicals, and allows genes to move across species. It produces new combinations of genes and traits that do not occur in nature. Plants that have been altered in this way are called GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, or GE, genetically engineered. GMO plants are modified to include genes allowing them to survive the application of chemical herbicides, or cause the plants to produce pesticides.