SNACK ON SEA­WEED

Natural Solutions - - Healthmatters Food -

Loaded with vi­ta­mins and min­er­als, sea­weed is one ul­tra-nu­tri­tious (and un­ex­pected!) food to be­come a sta­ple in the snack aisle. This long-time fa­vorite food among Asian cul­tures is now quickly be­com­ing a cov­eted in­gre­di­ent for Amer­i­can di­ets. So, what can sea­weed do for you?

OMEGA-3S: These good-for-you fats found in plant foods can re­duce in­flam­ma­tion to re­lieve painful con­di­tions such as arthri­tis, help lower choles­terol lev­els, and im­prove over­all brain func­tion as well as mem­ory re­call and rea­son­ing.

VI­TA­MINS: Ja­panese nori of­fers a good source of mag­ne­sium and vi­ta­mins A, C, and B , which are all es­sen­tial to healthy hair, eyes, skin, and nails, as well as a strong im­mune sys­tem.

COM­FORT FOOD AL­TER­NA­TIVE: Ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ter for Culi­nary De­vel­op­ment and Pack­aged Facts, Gen­er­a­tion Y con­sid­ers sushi a com­fort food, po­si­tion­ing nori (sea­weed) to be a health­ier al­ter­na­tive to potato chips when sa­vory crav­ings hit.

HID­DEN BEN­E­FITS: Sci­en­tists have con­cluded that sea­weed foods of­fer the broad­est range of min­er­als, in­clud­ing vir­tu­ally all nu­tri­ents found in the sea, and some stud­ies sug­gest that this power food as­sists in over­all health from stress re­lief to pre­ven­tion of cancer. Source: An­nie Chun’s

THE PER­CENT­AGE THAT DAIRY MILK CON­SUMP­TION HAS DE­CLINED SINCE 1970

SOURCE: CBS NEWS Just be­hind peanuts and almonds, the pecan is America’s third-most-pop­u­lar nut—and it’s start­ing to be used in ways that ex­tend be­yond snack time. It’s na­tive to the Deep South, where lo­cal farm­ers, chefs, and craft brew­eries have be­gun to use it in their lat­est cre­ations, which in­clude cold-pressed oil, gluten-free flour, and nutty brown beer. Source: Agri­cul­tural Mar­ket­ing Re­source Cen­ter

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