Modern agricultural practices have depleted the minerals in soil, even for most organically grown produce. Because the body needs minerals for optimal health and cannot make minerals on its own, minerals must be consumed through the foods that we eat. Seaweed is an excellent addition to most diets to help the body gain much needed minerals. Most seaweeds are low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and high in Riboflavin, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese, and other trace minerals. They are also a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, and Phosphorus. You can add seaweed flakes such as Kelp, Wakame, or Dulse to salads, soups, or entrees. Sushi is often wrapped in Nori, a type of seaweed. Many grocery stores and health food stores now sell dried, flavored seaweed as snacks. They are delicious and good for you! One thing to keep in mind is that seaweed is often a very high source of sodium. Before increasing seaweed in your diet, make sure it is appropriate for your individual picture of health.
* Seaweed.î NutritionData.com http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2766/2 (accessed Dec 17, 2012).
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