making Carbs Count in the diabetic diet


eople have been eating

certain seaweeds

since the dawn of

time - there's a lot of

the stuff been found

in fossils proving how long it's been

gracing the world's seas. It's a regular

element in some cuisines especially in

Asia. In Japan sheets of dried seaweed

are used to wrap sushi and you may be

familiar with crispy fried seaweed from

your local Chinese takeaway.

However, it can easily be used in many

other recipes, from salads to soups. A

coastal visit in the UK can yield enough

of the ingredient to use if you fancy a bit

of foraging.

Edible seaweeds are nutritious

vegetables - so packed full of vitamins and

minerals that they are even being used for

skincare products, so they can be good

for you on the inside and the outside.

Some edible seaweeds: Bladderwrack,


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information for Kelp

Kelp is very low in cholesterol, calories

and has zero carb value. It's a good

source of dietary fibre, Vitamin C, Vitamin

B5, Vitamin K, Zinc, Copper, Riboflavin,

Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and

Manganese. Kelp is the only source

of natural vegetable Vitamin D and it

contains at least 70 vitamins, enzymes,

minerals, trace elements and proteins.

Irish moss, Kombu, Laver, Nori, Sea

lettuce, Sugar kelp, and Wakame.

The Cornish Seaweed Company is

run by friends Caroline and Tim who aim

to supply sustainably harvested, local,

edible seaweeds as an alternative food

source that is as healthy as it is tasty.

They say, "We really hope and believe that

seaweed becomes part of everyone's diet

and that we come to recognize it for what

it is. A superfood, both environmentally

and nutritionally!"

According to their website, seaweed

contains all the minerals that our bodies

need and has the highest number of

vitamins, minerals and trace elements

of any other food group. It has played a

vital part in the diets of a large number

of cultures, including the Inuit, Japanese,

Incas and the Irish. The Inuit get all their

vitamin C from seaweeds.


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