Understanding Seaweed Nutrition
They are called seaweeds but are not actually ‘weeds’; rather are sea vegetables that thrive in dense ocean waters all over the world. Where the shoreline is rocky, for they attach themselves to rocks, they float near the water surface to be able to receive adequate sunlight. All types of seaweeds require photosynthesis, which is the process of converting light energy into fuel energy to be able to grow and mature.
They don’t have roots like land plants do and rely solely on their entire body structure to absorb large quantities of rich nutrients of the ocean, especially abundant where the waters are clean and cold. Seaweeds or marine algae are generally classified into green algae, red algae or brown algae. The species vary depending on the location and water temperature where they grow.
Seaweeds are one of the best sources of dietary iodine and contain many phytonutrients, vitamins, amino acids and long chain sugars. Dried, grounded or whole, even small amounts are a daily source of potent nutrition. Asian cultures are especially known for seaweed consumption, particularly in Japanese cuisine, where different varieties as nori, hijiki or kombu are used in soups and dishes or blended into drinks. Sushi and miso soup are well-known examples.
Because seaweed is a dietary fiber, it helps digestion and reduces fat absorption, or you can say one can lose weight and have lower unhealthy cholesterol levels in the blood. Seaweed provides omega-3 fatty acids that raise healthy cholesterol and reduce inflammation in the body. Because it promotes a healthy and balanced diet, this vegetable is often referred to as a superfood.
Quality Seaweed Fare in Bothell
Get your dose of high-quality seaweed in your classic favorites at Sushihana, your Japanese restaurant in Bothell. We only use the freshest and most seasonal of ingredients to bring you good food to enjoy at your table. We monitor and ensure the quality and freshness of our dishes on the belt system. So, have the health benefits of sushi and miso soup and look no further than Sushi Hana.