Don’t panic. Seaweed isn’t just for marine life. It’s actually a healthy food that can lead to legitimate weight loss. Organic arame seaweed, an edible sea vegetable, is frequently featured in Japanese cuisine, as well as in Korean dishes. If you’re still cringing at the thought of noshing on kelp, know that seaweed is often used as a thickener in everyday products ranging from toothpaste to ice cream.
Organic arame is perfect for palates just beginning to add seaweed to their diet. It’s semi-sweet, mild, and extremely adaptable. It can be used in nearly any recipe or as a garnish to pretty up your plate. You can find arame, typically in its dried form, at health food stores, Asian food stores, the Asian section of well-stocked grocery stores, and farmers’ markets. It takes about five to ten minutes to reconstitute it.
Once reconstituted it has a texture akin to that of noodles. Arame, a brown seaweed, is chock full of essential nutrients, including manganese, folate, vitamin A, vitamin K, iodine, calcium, iron, and zinc. In addition it contains lignans, which have been shown to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. Its iron and zinc levels make it the ideal food for vegetarians or those who are reducing their weekly meat intake.
It is a low calorie source of vitamins and energy. You will be able to eat less calories and lose weight, while still getting what your body needs for superior health. Arame has traditionally been used as a way to bolster the immune system. It also strengthens the hair and nails, improves the complexion, and can reduce hair loss. And did we mention it has the ability to boost the libido? Are you sold yet?
Arame has protein and supports the thyroid. It’s weight loss benefits come from the stimulation of the thyroid, its balancing of the blood sugar, and its detoxifying effects. Since it enhances the function of the gastro-intestinal tract you will be less likely to experience bloating which can cause the scale to rise. Though it is low in calories it is filling and satisfying.
Long before the idea of eating seaweed reached the shores of the U.S., traditional Chinese medicine was reaping the benefits of arame. The food is classified as both cold and salty. These qualities are associated with dislodging phlegm and softening cysts and nodules. As mentioned previously, arame was also used as a way to beautify and strengthen the hair, nails, and skin. For a thinner frame and luscious locks start adding arame to your menu on a regular basis.