Well, not quite. One couldn’t consider carrageenan as a super-duper healthy addition to our dinner plate. But, tongue in cheek, it could be. Just think seaweed, pick it out from the sea and wash it off organically, and there you go, you have a potent relish rich in minerals and vitamins. Seaweed is already being generated on the internet waves as your next super food. But little did you know most of you have already, to some degree or another, been consuming seaweed since you were infants. That is because carrageen is even added to babies’ milk formulas.
Healthy, organic seaweed has already been applied to Asian cuisine for thousands of years. The next time you treat yourself to sushi, just know that it could be neatly wrapped in a delicious green seaweed leaf. Seaweed is low in calories and contains next to no fat. It is packed with three vitamins; A, B and C. Sounds so simple, doesn’t it. Research has shown that seaweeds’ antioxidants and calcium content make healthy contributions towards preventing and reducing inflammation. Where carrageen is concerned, seaweed is essential in helping improve the taste of our foods.
It also helps to preserve our food for longer and it is also good for the environment. It makes our favorite ice creams and yogurt flavors creamy and keeps flavored milk ingredients from separating. Seaweed or carrageenan has replaced gelatin as organic and vegan alternatives in pudding preparations and snacks. There is also another important ingredient in the seaweed. These are your alginates. These are used in baking goods, such as bread. These also help to improve the food’s taste and preserve it for longer.
Not only is seaweed, from which your everyday carrageenan is derived, good for us in terms of its rich inclusion of nutrients, minerals and vitamins, it’s also extremely good for the natural environment and wholly good economic driver, particularly for those communities living on the margins of the socio-economic spectrum. Seaweed sequesters carbon and cleans the ocean water of phosphorus and nitrogen. It is already being seriously considered as a new biofuel for the future. When harvesting seaweed, no chemical based pesticides need to be used, nor are they used.
Just thinking of those marginalized fishing communities across the planet brings about renewed optimism. Word must go out to them and their custodians that the harvesting of seaweed would be a job and business creator to compensate for their inability to provide adequate livelihoods due to the wholesale restrictions placed on sea fishing. It is all so unfair when you think about the fact that large sea fishing companies are still getting away with raping the ocean of its vital and threatened resources. One estimate reveals that nearly eighty thousand farmers around the world are making use of seaweed harvesting as job drivers and support mechanisms for needy families. That number could grow. Let it.