When golden tides of sargassum seaweed wash up in great masses on beaches it impacts tourism and the environment. However, like other seaweeds, sargassum has many uses that offer ways to turn these problems into opportunity.
When you buy milled sea vegetable powder, flakes, or granules, or a seaweed supplement capsule, how can you be sure you're getting what you paid for? This post describes how seaweed identity is verified and why you can trust Maine Coast Sea Vegetables to get it right.
This last August, we invited customers to take our first ever survey. By coincidence, another survey about seaweed consumption was also just released, carried out with a much larger group of random Americans. The two surveys complement each other in some interesting ways, which we share in this blog post.
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.
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We at Maine Coast Sea Vegetables understand that these gifts from the sea come with a responsibility to apply evolving sustainable practices in growing, harvesting, processing and distributing. Sustainability has been our intention since 1971, and not just because our business thrives only when wild seaweed beds thrive.
Long-time customers with an eye for detail may notice that some of our sea vegetable nutritional information has changed, along with how it’s presented on the “Nutrition Facts” panel and on our website. In large part, this is because the FDA recently updated the Nutrition Facts panel required on most food packaging.
Seaweed’s abundance of carbohydrates makes it a promising candidate for producing plant-based bioethanol for energy. In theory, those same carbohydrates could be fermented to make an intoxicating spirit for human consumption.
Sea lettuce is a sea vegetable that many people may be unfamiliar with. While kelp, nori, Irish moss, and dulse are popular sea vegetables and well known for being healthy, we believe sea lettuce is often underappreciated. Sea lettuce can be a great addition to your diet, with many potential health benefits!
It can be confusing when reading about foods like dulse, Irish moss, or kelp because sometimes they are referred to as seaweed and other times, they are described as sea vegetables. So, which one is correct? Are they sea vegetables or are they seaweeds? Here at Maine Coast Sea Vegetables, we are guilty of using the words interchangeably, possibly adding to the confusion.