I’m delighted to introduce a guest blog post by Dr Craig Rose at Seaweed & Co. to summarise how seaweed can benefit a dairy free diet.
Dairy Free Diets
Reports state that up to three quarters of the world’s population could be dairy intolerant. Some people may choose to consume a dairy free diet while others consume a dairy free diet to benefit their health. A dairy free diet to benefit health would be if a consumer was affected by an allergy or intolerance. A lifestyle choice to consume a dairy free diet, may relate to the ethics surrounding milk production; something Kate talks more about here.
What are the benefits of seaweed for Dairy Free Diet?
Dairy products and milk contain iodine, calcium, proteins, vitamins A, B12 and D. Lactose also aids the absorption of minerals like magnesium and zinc. These elements are important for your body and cognitive development. There are some fantastic dairy free products and numerous dairy free ranges at supermarkets today. However, getting the right amount of these important vitamins and minerals may prove difficult. This is where the seaweed benefits for a dairy free diet comes in.
The benefits of seaweed
In many parts of the world, iodine consumption is mostly from milk. This is because most farmer’s use a solution containing iodine to clean cows teats before milking. Organic milk actually contains less iodine, as this solution is not used during the organic milking process. One teaspoon of Seaweed & Co.’s seaweed contains the equivalent levels of iodine as twelve whole mackerel.
Iodine intake, particularly in many Western countries, is very low. A report from the Iodine Global Network states that the UK “ranks seventh among the ten most iodine-deficient nations in the world”, with ~76% of girls in the UK being iodine insufficient. Iodine is an essential mineral that contributes to healthy thyroid function, normal cognitive function and normal growth in children.
Seaweed & Co.’s seaweed also contains natural occurring calcium. Just one teaspoon of seaweed can have the equivalent amount of calcium as 60ml whole milk helping to form part of your daily calcium requirements. At significant levels, calcium helps to build strong bones and teeth, regulates muscle contractions and helps to make sure that your blood clots normally.
This makes adding seaweed as a core food in your diet all the more important.
Dairy Free Seaweed Recipes
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of seaweed for a dairy free diet, please contact Dr Craig Rose, he’s happy to help!