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Better With Bacon?

July 17, 2015


What if you woke up tomorrow and bacon was suddenly considered a health food? Bacon lovers rejoice, because researchers at Oregon State University have developed a seaweed that tastes just like….yup, BACON!!!
This particular strain of red marine algae has twice the nutrients as kale, and in addition to vitamins, minerals and antioxidents, it also contains up to 16% of its dry weight in protein. And did we mention it tastes like bacon?

The unique strain of seaweed was originally developed along the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines as a food source for abalone. Once the team tasted it, they realized that it had a reach far broader than ocean life.
The seaweed is fast growing, and could eventually become a strong player in the commercial  food market. As for now, the group is focusing on the scientific aspects, so you will just have to wait to experience it first hand.

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Seaweed Benefits

March 19, 2015


Seaweed is a staple in the Japanese diet, but did you know it is good for more than just holding your sushi together?

This sea-vegetable is nutrient dense and low in calories. It also is thought to have health benefits that can help you lose weight, or cure a hangover.

Scientists at University of Newcastle have found that a substance called alginate found in seaweed can limit the body’s fat absorbtion by up to 75%.

Seaweed is a great source of antioxidents, calcium and a broad array of vitamins. It is also high in fiber, which helps you to feel full and more satisfied after eating, and aids in proper elmination.

Eating seaweed can also support healthy thyroid function, due to its high iodine content. About 2 sheets of dried nori can give you the recommended daily dose to balance the hormones that the thyroid produces that regulate weight, energy and metabolic levels, and mood. It can also help regulate estrogen and estradiol, hormones responsible for the development of healthy sexual organs, and can be attributed to a reduction in the risk of breast cancer, control PMS and improve fertility issues.

Seaweed also contains a high level of magnesium, which is depleted after a night of heavy alcohol consumption. Snacking on seaweed the next day can replace some of the lost nutrient and help minimize a hangover.

Seaweed is an algae, and comes in a variety of types. Most commonly consumed are the brown type such as kelp and wakame. Nori, the type used for sushi, is considered of the red variety.

In addition to eating sushi, try ordering seaweed salads made of hijiki or wakame, or snack on dried nori sheets, which are available at many specialty foods supermarkets, such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.

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Designer Food Stuff

May 25, 2012

Everything is getting the designer treatment these days, and food is no exception.

Here are 2 innovative concepts that take the culinary experience to the next level:

It’s not trendy enough to just eat sushi, now we need to design the seaweed wrappers too!
Japan’s Umino Seaweed Shop has created rolls of nori (the seaweed that sushi is wrapped in) that are laser cut into designer patterns.

Five precut designs are available, each based on an element of Japanese symbology.

Custom coffees and text messaging have become an obsessive part of our lives. Now you can receive a message in your half –caf soy latte and kill two birds with one stone!

Seattle based cloud texting company Zipwhip, has created Textpresso, a machine that can not only send and receive text messages, but can print them in your coffee foam too!

Zipwhip has merged the espresso machine with an android app that has SMS capabilities, and installed a printer stocked with edible ink. It can print short messages in your coffee foam, to personalize your morning joe.

What will they think of next? Any ideas?

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Super Foods to the Rescue

March 11, 2012

We are constantly bombarded with the latest “super food” that we should add to our diets. Some of us are more influenced by the hype than others. A certain male in my family jumped on the soy shake bandwagon a few years ago, only to find out that it’s benefits centered mostly on relieving menopause symptoms!

These latest additions to the super food list come from afar, and are packed with medicinal properties to protect, enhance and boost your health.


The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry has concluded that seaweed can be just as effective at lowering blood pressure as some medications. It’s also a great source of iodine, which helps control the thyroid, thus preventing weight gain. It contains natural magnesium, which can improve sleep quality.

Seaweed is a staple in the Japanese diet, and is used in making sushi, as well as tasty salads. Trader Joe’s has a great dried seaweed snack that is only 30 calories per serving and costs a mere $.99 per bag. Try the sea salt or wasabi versions as an alternative to highly caloric chips for a quick snack.


This Japanese soy paste is popular when made into a soup, or used as a condiment to make sauces. It has also been linked to a low incidence of prostate cancer in Japanese men. A recent study has shown that women who ate 3 or more bowls of miso soup per day had a 40% less risk of breast cancer than women who at just one.


Super Easy Super Food Miso Soup:

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Stir a little bit into 2-4 tablespoons of miso paste and add it to the boiling water. As miso pastes differ, taste and add a bit more until you find the flavor that is best for you.

Add sliced green onions, soba noodles, cilantro, watercress, cubed firm tofu and maybe even a little seaweed if desired and enjoy!

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The Seaweed Is Always Greener On The Other Side

April 25, 2011

Seaweed is a healthy component of the Japanese diet.  It is delicious as a salad, and in it’s dried form, it is a major ingredient in sushi.

It is also a power food that can help guard against the radiation risk that is currently a health hazard in Asia.

  • When the body is fully saturated with iodine from sources such as ingesting seaweed, it will more readily expel radioactive iodine taken in from air, water or food.
  • Seaweed is high in protein and low in fat.
  • Seaweed is higher in calcium than milk.
  • Consuming seaweed is thought to lower blood pressure, and combat tumors.

Here in America, where our radiation risk is minimal, there is some concern over eating seaweed, which is often imported from Asia.

Surprisingly, China is the biggest producer of seaweed, with France and England coming in second and third.  Japan actually ranks 4th on the list of seaweed producing countries. The US is ranked 11th.

Before buying or ordering seaweed dishes in a restaurant, find out where it comes from. This uber healthy super food could ultimately post a greater health risk than we think. Hopefully, the government is monitoring the importing of foodstuffs from Japan. In the meantime, as chefs are waving Geiger counters over the daily catch, we should be conscious of where our specialty food items are coming from as well.

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