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.
|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.”