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7 Potential Health Benefits of Sea Greens |


If you keep tabs on the latest food trends, you’ve probably noticed an uptick in the popularity of sea greens. These days, you can pick up dried seaweed snacks at your local grocery store, snag a sea vegetable salad at certain restaurants, or try a sea greens powder in your daily fruit smoothie. And although sea greens, sea vegetables, and seaweed may each sound like unique foods, the terms are often used interchangeably. “Sea greens, sea vegetables, and seaweed are all terms that typically refer to a variety of edible plants that grow in the ocean or other bodies of water,” says Kayley Myers, RDN, who practices in in Springfield, Missouri.

Some common examples of sea greens include:

  • Spirulina
  • Chlorella
  • Nori
  • Kelp
  • Dulse
  • Wakame
  • Kombu

Culinary seaweed may be a relatively new idea for many Westerners, but greens from the sea have long been a staple in East Asian diets. According to a BBC News story, coastal-dwelling people have eaten these plants since prehistoric times — and for good reason. They’re packed with antioxidants, vitamins, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. “Their mainstream popularity is most likely due to their versatility in use, the health benefits they offer, and the environmental impacts supporting sea greens has,” says Kelsey Kunik, RDN, of Saginaw, Michigan, the founder of Graciously Nourished and a nutrition adviser for Fin vs. Fin.

Here are seven reasons why you might want to include sea greens in your diet.




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