The past few years have seen lots of media attention about “forever chemicals”, the latest in a long line of industrial chemicals to raise concern. If forever chemicals seem to be everywhere, it’s because they are. This has led seaweed lovers, including some of our own customers, to wonder whether they’re found in seaweed at dangerous levels. We think this is unlikely, but read on to learn more.
Sea vegetables offer multiple impressive health and nutritional benefits, but they truly excel when it comes to minerals. Gram for gram, seaweed packs a greater variety and abundance of minerals than almost any other food. The mineral content of sea vegetables is often 10 to 100 times higher than that of land vegetables. Since we must get all our essential minerals from food, this is reason enough to eat sea vegetables several times per week, if not every day.
Although carbon dioxide is the most abundant and longest lasting of the so-called greenhouse gasses, methane is about 28 times more potent. In recognition of methane’s role in climate change, President Biden announced in 2021 that the US was launching a “Global Methane Pledge” alongside the European Union to slash methane emissions by 30%. As it turns out, feeding seaweed to cattle could help in this effort.