Kale, Meet Algae

Kale lovers might find themselves tangled up in a new superfood romance as health-conscious consumers are turning over a new leaf in favor of seaweed.

A member of the algae family, seaweed is considered a potent source of antioxidants, amino acids, protein and includes nutrients such as vitamins A and C and calcium. Perhaps its best nutritional feature is iodine, an important mineral that maintains a healthy thyroid; one gram of brown seaweed contains roughly five to 50 times the recommended daily intake.

Most are familiar with nori, a variety of seaweed that often is pressed and dried in sheets, then used to wrap maki-style sushi. Nori also is used as a replacement for potato chips, a form of calorie-free snacking that is crispy and salty.

When combined with sesame seeds and salt, it’s used as a condiment called furikake. Plus, seaweed can be crushed and added to smoothies and beverages.

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