Everyday Wellbeing

5 Reasons Why You Should Eat Nori Seaweed Raw, Not Fried

5 Reasons Why You Should Eat Nori Seaweed Raw, Not Fried

Want five reasons why you should eat our raw nori  rather than highly processed, albeit delicious seaweed sheets? Nori is one of the most well-known edible seaweed species, and we’re on a mission to make it easier to eat every day in a form that is better for you and our planet. Read on to learn why it has a 5-star rating for human and planet health.

5 Reasons for Nori seaweed's 5-star health rating!

When you eat seaweed that has been air-dried, it is more nutrient dense.  The seaweed sheets in supermarkets are typically made into pulp with additives and flavourings added, baked or fried. It’s like eating crisps rather than the potato it's made from! You may have felt an oily sheen in your mouth after eating some of the options on the market, and this is no surprise as some contain almost 50% fat! When this seaweed turns green, it's a sign that it's been cooked and the nutrient density damaged.

Seaweed sheets

Here are 5 reasons why you should eat raw nori snacks:

  1. Raw Nori offers an excellent source of iodine – just one 2g sachet contains 109% of your RDI* for iodine. Iodine is essential for thyroid health, controlling the body’s metabolism and many other vital functions. Click here to read about how much iodine is recommended in New Zealand and Australia.

  2. Raw Noro offers a good source of Vitamin B12 – just one sachet of this delicious, raw nori provides 62% of your vitamin B12 RDI. If you follow a plant-based diet, it can be challenging to find foods rich in Vitamin B12 as B12 is most commonly offered from animal protein – this article from the Mayo Clinic provides more information for vegans and vegetarians. Vitamin B12 is vital to building immunity, brain function and energy levels when consumed as part of a healthy and varied diet.

  3. This raw seaweed snack has less fat and more plant protein – there is NO fat added to this seaweed snack – it contains only 4.5% naturally occurring fat. This is about a tenth of the fat in highly processed seaweed sheets. Additionally, Nori tends to have the highest protein content of all the seaweed species ~ this 2g sachet is 35% plant protein!

  4. The grab-and-go sachet makes it so easy – reach for a raw, perfectly healthy snack and keep going! Enjoy the feeling of making a ‘better’ choice when you add this to your handbag, lunchbox, picnic basket, beach bag or backpack.

  5. The packaging is fully recyclable – seaweeds absorb moisture, so unfortunately, they can’t be packed in compostable bags as the moisture barrier offered by compostable packaging is not yet sufficient to maintain the moisture protection standards we need to keep seaweed food safe. However, these sachets, and the box this raw snack comes in, are fully recyclable through your local soft plastics and cardboard recycling schemes.

This raw Nori snack is so good! Good for you, AND good for our planet!

*recommended daily intake
Disclaimer: This material is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This information may not include the very latest research. We encourage you to do your own research and discuss your findings with a qualified health practitioner who can help you validate the outcomes in the context of your specific & individual health situation.

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