Is Roasted Seaweed Good For You?

Is Roasted Seaweed Good For You?

I am one of those people that simply adores sushi. I love everything about it; the plating, the colors, the taste, all these make me crave every single time I think about it.

Up until a few years ago, every time I ate sushi I would take away the crunchy layer that keeps the rice along with the rest of the ingredients together.

Although I’m ashamed of this, I didn’t know what seaweed was and I thought it wasn’t supposed to be eaten.

Well, this extra layer that has a crunchy texture and a fresh taste is roasted seaweed. But is roasted seaweed good for you?

As you will later find out in article, seaweed is extremely healthy; it has just as many nutrients as fruits or vegetables, being in fact a vegetable.

If you can cope with the bit different taste, you can also eat roasted seaweed as an in between meal snack.

But what are the actual pros for eating this fine Japanese appetizer?

In order to respond this question, let’s find out what seaweed actually is…

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Seaweed

Nori or roasted seaweed consists from an eatable seaweed species. It is made by cutting, drying and finally roasting seaweed.

Except oil and salt, there is nothing else used in this process; no chemicals, no synthetic constituents, just pure, natural ingredients.

I am sure many of you have no idea how roasted seaweed tastes. However, as you probably know, this is a traditional Japanese dish, and it has been so for centuries.

In the Japanese culture, seaweed is considered to be very good for increasing life’s length. You will surely be surprised on Nori’s nutritional profile…

Nori

Nori contains an incredible amount of Vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is essential for the good functioning on you nervous system.

It also has an important role in the circulatory system, as it is responsible for catalyzing the reaction in which red blood cells form.

Another important nutrient seaweed provides is iodine. Iodine is, as you probably know, a mineral.

Iodine is mandatory for your metabolism; also iodine has a major role in helping the thyroid gland work properly.

Seaweed

You don’t like bananas? Then you can provide your body it’s daily dose of potassium by eating seaweed.

This is recommended, especially if you have any heart issues yourself, or running in your family. Potassium decreases blood pressure, as well as the risk of a heart attack.

I have good news for those of you who want to lose a few kilograms. Seaweed is extremely low in calories and saturated fat.

It can make a nice late dinner if you are on a diet, but feel the need to munch something after 6:00 PM.

Other nutrients that can be found in roasted seaweed are calcium, magnesium and vitamin C.

Interested?

The taste of seaweed is unique. I can’t seem to find a good comparison, probably because there are none. However, just like the almond taste, whether you like it or not; there are no middle options.

But where can you find this Japanese delicacy? You should be able to find it at the supermarket in the Asian corner.

If not, you can always order seaweed from eBay or Amazon, as there are lot of varieties available. Read the label carefully. The list of ingredients has to be really short.

After buying it you are probably wondering how to prepare it. The most popular dish that goes with seaweed is sushi.

Another way of using seaweed is as a condiment; just crumble it and add it to Asian recipes. The flavor is going to be great.

However, you can always eat roasted seaweed as it is. It will grant you amazing amounts of nutrients, whilst few calories and fats.

Seaweed comes in a variety of species. Each one of them has different features.

Whilst Kelp has to be consumed with care, as it can provide too much iodine, others, like Wakame are incredibly nutritious; some of them make a very good side like Arame, others are better consumed fresh, like Kombu and Dulse.

Conclusion

Is roasted seaweed good for you? The answer is definitely yes.

Seaweed is a strongly nutritious aliment with lots of health benefits. Whether you prefer it on sushi, as a condiment, as a decor for your salads or as a snack, seaweed is a good addition to a healthy diet.

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14 thoughts on “Is Roasted Seaweed Good For You?

  1. Hi there,

    Great article, I really enjoyed the reading!
    I love to know what is healthy and what is not because there are so much junk foods out there that it makes it hard to find good ailments to eat.
    I didn’t know that the roasted seaweed is so healthy, I use it a lot when I make sushi and we all love it. I’ve never tried it on my salads. I will try it now!
    Thank you for this excellent post!

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  3. Good to know so I don’t embarrass myself in the future lol. I have plans to go to a sushi bar with some Asian friends and try sushi for the first time.

    Do you have any advice for someone like me who is going to try sushi for the first time. See how it is raw meat, are there any precautions I can take.

    The roosted seaweed almost looks like kale. Sounds like a good appetizer and snack especially as it has very little calories and fat.

    1. Well it’s raw fish – not necessarily raw meat 🙂

      Yeah just have a beer first – some people get an irritated stomach if they eat sushi on an empty stomach. I like to choose a Japanese beer first, relax and then eat! 🙂

  4. I have had many clients ask me about this before, and I have been unable to tell them much. Also researching it this is the clearest and well explained article I have come across.

    I am going to direct a couple of my clients towards this to show them the benefits.

    Like other vegetables are you able to add this into things like home made chili etc. Would it just turn to mush if cooked this way?

    1. Well I have to be honest David – I like the crispy side of things when it comes to seaweed. I would imagine it would get slightly mushy but the taste should remain!

  5. It’s cool that I actually came across your article on seaweed, as I myself am a big fan of roasted seaweed. In fact I just bought a few packs of flavoured roasted seaweed a few days back!

    I’ve always been feeling a little guilty about eating them, as I thought they might be unhealthy. But after reading your explanation, I think I should be eating more! Hahaha!

    Great article!

    1. Yeah I agree with you Farhan – they are a strange food but at the same time there’s something extremely tasty about them…that’s what lead me to researching for this article!

      Thanks for stopping by – enjoy your seaweed! 🙂

  6. I’m not a big fan of Japanese cuisine but I love seaweed! I normally eat it with sushi. It is also yummy just as it is. It’s natural, with no added preservatives, colouring, etc. Since I’m a real big fan of everything natural – this is one great point of eating seaweed. I like roasted seaweed because it’s crunchy. It’s like eating a snack. And as you said, if one feels to munch something, seaweed it is!

    1. It is a strange yet satisfying taste isn’t it? I used to be very much on the fence about it until my partner started introducing Asian options into our diet…I love it now!!!

  7. Great info on roasted seaweed.

    I love nori, although making sushi is a bit tough and time-consuming (especially the cutting part that requires crazy sharp knife), I found making nori cones way easier and more forgiving (I made them once with peanut butter and pear, it was the surprisingly tasty snack).

    Also, I’ve tried the raw sushi, just with hummus and vegetables, prepped by my friend, who is a chef and I loved that.
    As I’m gluten free, I find nori an excellent substitute for bread, I just fill it with different sauces and veggies.

    I can’t imagine taking the nori off the sushi. I’m happy that you don’t do it anymore!

    1. Hi Adriana,

      Thanks for including those tasty tips on our article – peanut butter and pear sounds pretty crazy but at the same time VERY interesting!

      Glad you enjoyed the article – hope to see you here again soon! 🙂

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