You’ve likely chewed on seaweed wrapped around a sushi roll, but few Westerners would consider picking up a bag of the stuff at the grocery store. It might be time for a change: Seaweed is filled with antioxidants, calcium and a broad range of vitamins, but that doesn’t begin to scratch the slippery brown surface of this fascinating food.
- Seaweed refers to many species of algae and other marine plants. Edible seaweed can range in color and size and is a popular ingredient in Asian cuisine.
- Seaweed is rich in various minerals and trace elements. In fact, it often contains higher levels of these nutrients than most other foods.
- Some claim that seaweed is a great plant source of vitamin B12, a vitamin naturally found in meat, poultry, eggs and dairy.
“Seaweed is a common ingredient in Asian cuisine that’s rapidly gaining popularity among health-conscious Westerners.”