Seaweed is an amazing food source of iodine, minerals, and vitamins and also has detoxifying properties. One small snack pack weighs in at only 30 calories and packs a whopping 20 % of your RDI for Vitamin C! As for the iodine, many people are deficient of this trace mineral which is necessary for proper growth and development. Iodine is also vital to the functioning of our thyroid gland (which stores the majority of our body’s iodine), the gland that regulates our metabolism.
Our bodies do not produce iodine, so it is essential that we consume it through mineral supplementation or through food sources, which is my preferred method.
According to progressivehealth.com, If you are deficient in iodine, these are some of the symptoms you might experience:
- Hypofunction of the thyroid gland (resulting in a slower metabolic rate)
- An enlarged tongue
- Slow speech
- Puffiness of the hands and face
- Problems with skin and hair
- Mental apathy
I have heard many people state that they are not fans of seaweed because it can taste “fishy.” I have tried many roasted seaweed snacks and I am of the opinion that Sea’s Gift nori snacks are the best. I personally don’t think they taste fishy in the slightest. They are toasted and flavored with sesame oil and salt. My kids absolutely gobble them up as do my nieces and nephew. My sister said that on their last trip to Maui Costco was carrying huge boxes of them (Hawaii knows a good thing when they see it!).
I will leave you with this quote by Steven Schecter, N.D – “There is no family of foods more protective against radiation and environmental pollutants than sea vegetables … sea vegetables can prevent assimilation of different radionuclitides, heavy metals such as cadmium, and other environmental toxins.”