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Posted by on Aug 3, 2011 in Commentary, Korean Food | 6 comments

Study: Seaweed beats milk as most nutritious food

Study: Seaweed beats milk as most nutritious food

The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, which is published by the American Chemical Society, recently published a meta-analysis of nearly 100 scientific studies that found seaweed may become a more important source of bio-available peptides than dairy products.

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Seaweed, raw or lightly sauteed, makes a wonderful, healthful salad. (Tammy Quackenbush photo)

Bio-available peptides are crucial to human health because they create a hormone-like response well beyond their nutritional value, according to Maria Hayes of the Teagsac Food Research Centre in Ireland. This line of study may bear the most fruit in developing new blood pressure–controlling treatments.

Hayes also said that edible micro-algae and seaweed “are a low-calorie food, with a high concentration of vitamins A, C, D and E, along with the B vitamins, and minerals, including calcium, phosphorus, sodium and potassium.” Seaweed is also a good source of protein.

For more information, read the study “Heart Health Peptides From Macroalgae and Their Potential Use in Functional Foods.”

6 Comments

  1. When we go out for dinner my 5 yr. old will down 2 or 3 servings of seaweed salad on her own and then will sweet talk us out of some of ours too. Good to know that it&#39;s so healthy for her and us.<br /><br />Lisa~~ <br /><a href="http://cooklisacook.blogspot.com/&quot; rel="nofollow">Cook Lisa Cook</a>

  2. @ Lisa, I&#39;ve noticed that little children are far more open to eating seaweed than adults. I took some nori to a party recently and my friend&#39;s 4 yo inhaled it while the adults went towards it tentatively with fear and trepidation. <br /><br />&quot;…and a little child shall lead them…&quot;

  3. That doesn&#39;t surprise…going right to the source and bypassing the bovine. I love dairy. And I love seaweed.

  4. I love all the dishes made with seaweed, especially miyeok guk. It&#39;s interesting how our ancesters knew the health benefit of seaweed and it&#39;s a tradition that mothers eat miyeok guk after giving birth, believing it helps with a mother&#39;s recovery after giving birth and the production of breast milk. Thanks for the article!

  5. @ Tori, thanks! Come back again sometime. <br />@ Spice Sherpa, I &lt;3 dairy, too but I can&#39;t eat it without adverse consequences. <br />@ Hyosun Ro, You&#39;re right, our ancestors understood much more than we will ever give them credit because we think we&#39;re so much smarter than them.

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