The algae They are a food relatively modern, since they recently arrived in gastronomy. However, many people have gradually introduced it into their diet as they are low in calories and bring a different flavor to meals. But can it be treated as a superfood?
One of the great defenders of seaweed consumption is Chef Ángel León, popularly called the ‘chef of the sea’ for his incredible discoveries about marine gastronomy. Seaweed is a recurring element in its elaborations.
In this sense, many people speak of algae as a food with a great taste, slimming, detox and even considered as a superfood.
Positive aspects of algae
It is true that seaweed is an exotic-looking superfood with a peculiar flavor for your dishes. In addition, they are rich in essential micronutrients for health, such as vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and other vitamins of Group B.
Although, they are vitamins that can also be found in other foods. That is, it cannot be considered a superfood because it has exceptional nutritional elements.
Another nutritional aspect to highlight about algae is that they provide a lot of fiber and therefore give a feeling of satiety. In this sense, it is true that it can be an ideal food to include in diets intended to lose weight.
In short, the colleagues of ‘Nova Life’ conclude that seaweed is a good food to consume in moderation and that in no case should it be treated under the category of superfood.
Why aren’t they a superfood?
Seaweed is a young food in Europe. However, in Asia its consumption is common and it is also used in the preparation of many dishes. Thus, in Asian countries the digestive system of people is already more used to the consumption of this type of food and its effects on the body.
One of the negative aspects of seaweed is its high iodine content. Humans need this nutritive element for the development of metabolic processes, hormone synthesis and other mechanisms of the body.
However, an excess of iodine in the body could be a risk factor for developing different diseases. In this sense, an iodine overdose can be harmful for people with hypertension.
There are different types of algae depending on their properties and the amount of iodine they provide. This same year, the Food Safety and Nutrition Agency (AESAN) recommended a limited consumption of ‘kiziki’ seaweed because it contains high doses of inorganic arsenic.
In short, seaweed should not be treated as a superfood for health, since excessive consumption can be harmful. However, among its composition we find great benefits.
Thus, a moderate intake of seaweed helps improve bone health, has anti-inflammatory properties, is good for maintaining cardiovascular health, prevents anemia, facilitates digestion and is diuretic.
In addition, seaweed provides little calories, has satiating effects and offers certain benefits for the skin.