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Nutritionist’s Notebook: Seaweed

Grace Forsythe from Viva! Health dives into the benefits of seaweed

If you’re a fan of sushi or traditional East Asian cuisine, you’ve probably already eaten seaweed, but there is now a rise in its popularity as a supplement. Seaweed is a type of macroalgae, made up of lots of cells of the plant-like organisms called algae that grow in the sea. There are also microalgae, such as spirulina and chlorella, which are single-celled algae.


Kelp is a type of brown algae commonly used in East Asian cuisine, and the kelp kombu is often used in dishes such as miso soup or as a side dish with tofu. Hijiki is a type of kelp traditionally used in salads, served with rice, or in soups but is less common in the UK. Despite being commonly used in East Asia, it may contain high levels of the toxic metal, arsenic. The UK Food Standards Agency advises that hijiki should not be eaten at all due to the increased risk of various cancers that arsenic can cause.

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