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Seaweed works as a dietary boost for our microbiome.
It is rich in prebiotics – those foods that the healthy bacteria in our gut feast on.
Seaweed contains a particular type of sugars called sulfated polysaccharides, which have been shown to specifically increase the growth of ‘good’ gut bacteria. These sugars also increase the production of a particular type of short-chain fatty acids that support and nourish the cells lining your gut.
Seaweed is higher in fiber and more nutrient-dense than most fruits and vegetables. It is an excellent source of micronutrients including iodine, folate, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and selenium.
If you are looking for yummy ways to have seaweed in your diet, this salad is a great place to start!
Source: this recipe has been adapted from Yotam Ottolenghi’s (Plenty More Cookbook ) by adding kelp noodles. These add an extra crunch and increase the nutrient content, without adding too many calories.
*Caution: while rich in beneficial minerals and fiber, seaweed may also contain toxic metals. Purchase it from reputable companies that test their products for contamination.