Seaweed: A healthy green from under the sea

[USA] People are always searching for the fountain of youth, but it turns out what we eat can be what really helps us live longer.

Sushi has long been touted as having heath benefits.

The typical sushi roll may include avocado, lettuce or cucumber. But there’s one more green you may not know about, and it comes from under the sea — seaweed.

Hy-Vee Dietitian Stephanie Wharton said whether you decide to eat seaweed as a snack or meal, there are many different kinds of seaweed options.

It’s most popularly consumed in sushi rolls. The contents of the rolls are wrapped around or inside nori seaweed, but it can come in crackers, or mixed in with a salad.

Wharton said seaweed is high in vitamins A, B and C. It is also high in iron, magnesium and calcium, which can help improve brain and liver function.

“Seaweed alone, it’s low in calories. It has high amounts of iodine in it,” said Wharton. “Most people need iodine to prevent thyroid disease.”

Wharton said eating the plants from the ocean are high in omega-3 fat that is linked to helping lower the risk of heart disease and inflammation.

 

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