S IS FOR SEAWEED
Seaweed is a miracle food that comes in three varieties – red, brown and green. Scientific research is proving that adding seaweed to meals supports better health because it is especially high in iodine. One gram of brown seaweed contains roughly five to 50 times the recommended daily intake, while red and green varieties provide slightly less (the exact iodine content depends on the water in which it’s grown). Research suggests seaweed can also help regulate estrogen and estradiol levels – two hormones responsible for proper development and function of sexual organs – potentially reducing the risk of breast cancer. Meanwhile, a study led by scientists at Newcastle University found that eating seaweed reduced fat digestion by more than 75 percent. However, it’s important not to eat too much at once, as it can be troublesome if you oversupply the body with iodine. A two-tablespoon serving of seaweed per week is a good amount to begin with.