Kale it is not, but carrageenan it is

Kale was not in our food vocabulary a few years ago. In fact, even today, it remains an unknown factor for many men and women, and their children, who are still stuck in their old habits of eating unhealthily. But luckily for them, there are some little known, or unknown, ingredients being added to even their processed foods in an effort to make sure that their health is impacted as little as possible. Kale is a well-known food fact to many health-oriented men and women who have become accustomed to adding exotic ingredients to their healthy dinner plates.

Many of these exotic ingredients are derived directly from nature. And when they are sourced directly from nature, in many cases, they remain organic, and just how it lay originally in nature. Today, seaweed is still considered as something of an exotic food item.  Most folks, healthy or otherwise, are, by now quite used to eating lettuce. They will be adding it to their healthy green salads. Or they will be adding it as a garnish to their favorite meaty, and sometimes, processed burgers. But not kale. Not yet anyway. Nor seaweed either.

While that day may soon come, what many people don’t know, healthy or not, is that at some stage or another, they are already eating seaweed. Who would have thought? And here is how. Seaweed is deliberately sourced directly from the ocean to produce an ingredient called carrageenan. This compound is then deliberately added to a whole host of foodstuffs in order to preserve them for longer and, indeed, contribute towards safeguarding people’s health. The original seaweed already contains no less than three vitamins.

Simply put; A, B and C. The use of seaweed in innovative and trendy restaurant dishes and recipe books is a growing trend. While it is still very much a novelty for modern Westernized society, it has been in use for thousands of years among Asian cultures. Apart from the vitamins, the seaweed is low in calories and fat. It is a rich source of antioxidants and calcium. It can prevent and reduce inflammation. In this latter case, seaweed is also used for medicinal purposes. A simple example is the simple process of simply applying seaweed to an affected area of the body.

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The carrageenan derived from seaweed plays an important role in our food production. It is used to improve the taste of our foods. It helps to make our ice cream and yogurt creamy. And it keeps the chocolate from separating with the milk in our favorite chocolate milk drink. And ground nuts never settle to the bottom of our almond milk carton. In case you were wondering why, now you know. And seaweed is also good for the environment. So, kale it is not, but seaweed it most certainly is. That is because unknown to us before, we are already consuming it in large volumes.