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.

helpful nutritional facts from healthy lifestyle secretsSecret: Kelp is used to make some ice creams and toothpaste. It is not just for sushi rolls.

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