Is seaweed a vegetable?
Seaweed is technically a type of algae. Algae are a type of plant-like organism usually found in water. Unlike land plants, algae do not have root systems, flowers, or leaves.
This means that seaweed aren’t really vegetables like land vegetables. However, many people use seaweed as a vegetable, and refer to it as a ‘sea vegetable’.
The truth is, it doesn’t matter if it’s technically a vegetable or not, as long as you enjoy it!
How much seaweed should I use a day?
There is no right or wrong answer as to how much seaweed you ‘should’ eat per day. Seaweed is a highly nutritious natural food that you can incorporate in your diet regularly as part of healthy eating.
One of the many nutrients seaweed contains iodine. According to the Australia Recommended Daily Intake (RDI), adult both men and women require 150mcg per day. That translates to 3-4g of alg Original. As alg is a dehydrated product, while 3-4g appears to be small, you are actually eating 30-40g hydrated seaweed!
If you’re new to seaweed, it’s perfectly ok to start up with a small amount, and work up to daily consumption.
What are the different types of seaweed?
There are dozens of different types of seaweed that you can munch on! The main classes are red algae, green algae and brown algae.
However, the most common seaweeds for consumption include kombu, nori, dulse, and of course wakame. Kombu and wakame are types of kelp, a class of brown algae. Nori and dulse are red algae.
Interestingly, chlorella is classified as a type of edible seaweed – but it’s far less tasty than wakame.
How long does Alg products last?
Our Alg Australian range is a dried product which mean it naturally have a long shelf life. Except Alg Bonito Sesame which has a 12-month shelf life, all of our products can last 18-24 months or longer if stored appropriately.
What kind of seaweed do we use in Alg?
Alg seaweed are Tasmanian locally foraged, sustainably hand harvested wakame. The principle product, Undaria pinnatifida, is an introduced invasive seaweed to Tasmania. Undaria pinnatifida (also known as Wakame) was first identified in Tasmania in 1988 and has since been reported from St Helens (NE coast) to Dover (S coast). It was thought to have been originally introduced into Tasmania via the ballast water of ships trading from Asia.
How do you use Alg?
Alg can be used in both savory and sweet dishes. As the seaweed is naturally slightly salty, by just adding a teaspoon into the dish adds extra umami flavor and extra nutrition to your meal. From sprinkling it on salads, to smoked salmon on crackers, to polenta chips or chocolate. The Alg range is very versatile and should be in everyone’s pantry.
Check out our Blogs for recipes created by the community.
When will my order be shipped?
Your Alg products will be shipped within 1-3 business day via Australia Post and Sendle.
How much does postage cost?
Standard shipping cost $8.5 throughout Australia. Free shipping with purchases over $45.
Why do I need seaweed in my diet?
We all need certain nutrients in our diet in order to survive. These are known as essential nutrients. There are also some that are not essential, but that definitely help us to be our healthiest. Seaweed is packed to the brim with different nutrients, including:
- Vitamin B12
- B group vitamins
- Vitamin K
That’s a lot of goodness in a small package!
These nutrients support health benefits such as:
- A healthy thyroid
- A fast metabolism
- Relaxed muscles
- Healthy nerve cells
- High energy production
- Strong bones
- A healthy gut
- Optimal blood pressure
- Rapid healing from illness and injury
- High immunity
- Strong circulation
- Lower risk of many chronic diseases
The good thing is, you don’t need to consume heaps of seaweed to reap the benefits. In fact, small daily doses are ideal for maintaining your well-being.
Can you eat too much seaweed?
Loving your daily seaweed fix? Most likely, you’re in the clear.
However, if your diet isn’t balanced nutritionally, you can over-consume seaweed. There are rare reports of very high intakes of seaweed products impacting on thyroid health in people with underlying issues.
Not to worry – this is very uncommon, and tends to occur more with large amounts of uncooked kombu.
But if you’re worried about your consumption, consult your friendly health practitioner for guidance.
Iodine levels of seaweeds: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1021949814000155
Japanese seaweed intake: https://thyroidresearchjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1756-6614-4-14
Nutritional benefits: http://marineagronomy.org/sites/default/files/Digestive%20Health%20Seaweed.pdf
Where is your product from?
Alg seaweed is Tasmanian wakame. Bonito sesame used in Alg Bonito Sesame in imported from Japan and Black Lava Salt used in Alg Black Lava Salt is imported from Cyprus, all other ingredients are grown and made in Australia.
We proudly partner with trusted suppliers to ensure the quality of our product.
Where do you ship?
At this stage Alg are shipped within Australia only. Hopefully we will be shipping to the rest of the world in the very near future.
Where else can I purchase your products?
You can buy Alg online and through our stockist. We are constantly growing our stockist. If you are interested in joining the seaweed lovers club and becoming a stockist, please get in touch!