In some parts of the world such as Japan, algae (also called seaweed) have been a staple diet for centuries and they are also used in cosmetics and certain dairy products – yogurts for example – but they are still relatively unknown to the Western palate as food in its own right.
Yet, algae have so many health benefits. They really deserve full recognition. As well as being packed with protein and fibre, algae also contain a wide range of vitamins and mineral. Algae is one of the most nutrient dense foods, which saves you the hassle of taking a handful of different food supplement pills at once. Some studies have shown that algae contain high levels of potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper and manganese, far more than what you get from carrots, green peas, tomatoes or even spinach. Blue-green algae
But that’s not all. Algae are rich in antioxidants and omega 6 and 3 which help to keep a healthy heart. Interestingly, their health benefits do not stop at humans. Algae might be the solution to the use of antibiotics in farming. Some farmers are already successfully using them as a feed additive instead of antibiotics to produce drug-free beef or chicken.
No need to eat large quantities or to suddenly become an algivore to boost your health, small amounts consumed in a variety of ways is the optimal approach. In the coming weeks, Ginger & Parsley will come up with a few easy and tasty recipes to show you how to integrate this great food in your diet.