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Healthy Reading: Superfood Seagreens; A Guide to Cooking with Power-Packed Seaweed by Barton Seaver

26 July 2016 - Posted by Kathryn Kos

Welcome to the MicrobiomeSuperfood Seagreens is an informational guide that teaches the reader all about the health benefits and sustainability of integrating seaweed into the diet. This book also contains over 75 seaweed recipes, teaching the reader how to prepare seaweed into some amazing healthy dishes. Seaver teaches us about the nutrients in seaweed, how to choose, buy and store seaweed, and even discusses safety with regard to potential metal and iodine toxicity.

The first chapter of the book focuses on the history and uses of seaweed, as well as the production and sustainability of sea farming. Seaver talks about getting comfortable with the idea of seaweed, and finding creative ways to incorporate it into the diet. He talks about how seaweed can bring different flavors to dishes like lasagna and even guacamole.

If you have any doubts, just think about the first time someone offered you kale. Well, my friend, I’m here to tell you that kelp is the new kale. So here’s to your health!

Seaver discusses the global industry of sea farming, and how seaweed sustains itself on nutrients in the water, without requiring any additional sources of energy or nutrients. Seaweed is a necessary part of the ecosystem, that also happens to support our health.

In chapter two Seaver teaches us what seaweed is; and talks about the many different varieties that exist, such as kelp, kombu, and algae. In this book Seaver explores a few species, even though most seaweed are edible. He focuses on seaweed that he knows will be available to consumers in marketplaces, vs types that would be difficult to find.

In chapter three Seaver reviews all the nutritional components to seaweed. Seaweed contains several important vitamins, minerals, proteins, and sterols. It contains many times more minerals than land plants. Seaver goes into detail on each of the nutrient components found in seaweed, and how they benefit our health. He discusses what tools to equip the kitchen with in order to prepare seaweed, as well as what foods to stock the pantry with as a complement. Recipes include soups, salads, sauces, side dishes, and even baked goods.

Seaver concludes the book by answering some frequently asked questions such as: Does seaweed taste fishy? and Can seaweed interfere with my blood thinning medication?

Overall, this was a great beginners guide to fully understanding all the health benefits to consuming seaweed, as well as a great recipe book for incorporating it into the diet. I’m excited to try out all these great recipes, and reap the amazing health benefits. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in bettering their health and the environment through consuming seaweed.  

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