Kelp or seaweed grows in the shallows of the ocean. With about 30 different varieties – the most popular being giant kelp, bongo kelp, and kombu. They can grow up to 250 ft and kelp accounts for 21% of Japanese meals, making it suggested as a reason for their above- average life span.
Kelp is a nutrient-dense food being low in calories and fat. The natural fiber alginate works as a fat blocker that stops fat absorption in the gut. Kelp is packed full of vitamin K, vitamin A, calcium, iron, and magnesium. Its super mineral is iodine which is a hormone balancer. It plays a vital role in producing thyroid hormones, managing the metabolism, and aiding the female body in a healthy pregnancy.
It is best to eat kelp is in its natural form. Too much iodine is harmful to the thyroid. The FDA recommends a dietary intake of 150 micrograms per day. One pound of kelp has up to 2,500 mcg of iodine. Read the packaging and keep it in moderation.
Secret: Kelp is used to make some ice creams and toothpaste. It is not just for sushi rolls.