How did you discover Australian seaweed and create a business using it?
I have been working as a private practice dietitian for seven years. While it is very rewarding, I always had a vision to create a product that tasted good and was versatile and nutritious. Knowing that iodine deficiency is a common problem for Australians (especially for pregnant and breastfeeding women) and combined my love of seaweed (which is a great source of iodine), I started researching Australian seaweed.
I researched its palatability, nutrition value and practicality in every day cooking. After sampling different varieties of Australian seaweed and flavor combinations, I decided to launch a condiment range using Australian hand harvested wakame seaweed.
How can we use alg Seaweed in our diet?
When people think about seaweed, they think about sushi rolls, sesame salad or miso soup. Alg is very versatile. You can sprinkle it on fish, salad, rice, noodles or make it into a dukkah. My go-to way to use alg Seaweed is to sprinkle it on eggs in the morning. They all have an umami kick without being too overpowering.
The beauty of alg Seaweed is that it comes in a range of flavors. We have Original, Chickpea Miso, Bush Tucker (lemon myrtle, Davidson plum and wattle seeds), Bonito Sesame and Black Lava Salt.
Tell us more about the nutritional benefits of seaweed
Seaweed is such a humble ‘sea vegetable’ that has so much to offer. Grown in the sea, it contains a range of minerals such calcium, magnesium and potassium. Seaweed is also known for its great source of iodine.
Besides minerals, seaweed also contains vitamin K, folate and a small amount of omega 3 fatty acids.
Why do Australians need to be eating more foods that are high in iodine?
Iodine plays an important role in making thyroid hormones and these hormones regulate our body’s metabolism. It is also a crucial nutrient for intellectual and cognitive development during childhood.
Iodine requirement increases during pregnancy as thyroid hormones are essential for foetal development.
How common is iodine deficiency in Australia?
Iodine deficiency has been a long standing problem in Australia. The introduction of iodised salt and mandatory iodine fortification in bread have been the national strategies to reduce the risk associates with iodine deficiency.
More alarmingly, Australian pregnant women’s iodine status is well below optimal level with up to 58% women are iodine deficient. (1)
How much iodine does alg Seaweed products provide?
Iodine requirements for adults is generally 150 micrograms per day, increasing to 220 micrograms per day for pregnant women and 270 micrograms per day for breastfeeding women.
Every 2 grams (a little more than a pinch) of alg Original offers 55 percent and other flavors offer between 37 to 44 per cent of the daily iodine requirement for adults. We also encourage people to get iodine from other sources like seafood and dairy.
Can people eat too much seaweed?
Like any other foods, the key is to eat in moderation! People with pre-existing thyroid disease may be more sensitive to increased iodine intake. Always check with your doctor if you have any concern.
1. Australian Population Health Development Principal Committee (2007) The Prevalence and Severity of Iodine Deficiency in Australia. Report Commissioned by the Australian Health Minsters Advisory Committee.
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