Months ago my wife bought some dried seaweeds and started to eat it with rice. Naturally, I was curious what it tasted like, so I tried some.
The seaweeds not only tasted pleasant, it kind of acted as an appetizer as it made me want to eat more rice. (This is not a very good thing for me since I wanted to limit my rice consumption to loose weight)
Since that time on, we started looking for different variety of dried seaweeds. With globalization creeping in our neighborhood, we seem to have no problem finding a lot of variety of seaweeds. Most grocery stores now carry products from our neighboring Asian countries, including the delicious dried seaweeds.
Most Filipinos are not fond of eating dried seaweeds, although I heard that people from a certain part of Luzon (I think in Albay), do regularly eat dried seaweeds. The most prominent country that features dried seaweeds in most of their meals is Japan. Most people from Oriental countries, who live in the coast, do have some form of seaweeds dish.
My research tells me that seaweeds have so much health benefits to offer. In the book Vegetables from the Sea, authors Seibin and Teruko Arasaki details the health benefits that seaweeds has to offer. This includes calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, iodine, iron, and zinc. Add to this are the trace elements in seaweed that includes vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), B1, B2, B6, B12, niacin, vitamin C, pantothenic acid, and folic acid.
Aside from the minerals and vitamins that can be derived from seaweeds, it is also used for beauty. Seaweeds feeds the shafts and the ducts of the scalp. This improves the health of the hair. They say that because seaweeds is so much a part of the Japanese diet, most Japanese women have a rich, black and lustrous hair. Other “beauty benefits” of seaweeds according to Carlson Wade’s book Health Secrets from the Orient includes “hormone regulating properties of seaweeds, enriching the bloodstream, assisting in metabolism, promoting a youthful skin color, and helping to warm the body to promote mental youthfulness.” Seaweeds are also considered as the best acne treatment found in nature.
Seaweeds have also been known to have medicinal properties. This is a common knowledge among the Orientals. More research is still underway to fully exploit the medicinal properties of seaweeds.
Lately, I’ve discovered a new brand of seaweeds that I like so much. Although it’s a bit expensive, (P 90+ Philippine peso / $2 U.S per 50 gram pack) I really like this seaweeds product both as a snack and with my main meals.
I am not paid to do any kind of review on this, but I enjoy this seaweeds product so much that I decided to write about it (Not to mention ambushing or hi-jacking the keyword “seaweeds” hehehehe If you are a guerilla blogger you will understand what this is). The seaweeds product I am talking about is Tae Koi No seaweeds. This seaweeds product is manufactured in Thailand and is the best dried seaweeds product I could find. The seaweeds they produce is clean, fresh, crispy and has a natural delicious taste. It comes in 4 flavors, classic, hot and spicy, Wasabi and Tom Yum Goong. (A flavor indigenous to Thailand)
As far as I know in Cebu this seaweeds product is only available in Gaisano Metro Ayala in Cebu. Drop me a comment if you know any place in Cebu where I could buy this delicious seaweeds snacks so that I don’t have to go Gaisano Ayala just to buy it.
I believe eating dried seaweeds as a snack is a much better alternative to eating the conventional snacks that we regularly munch on. So starting right now, no more potato chips, or other chips for me give me my seaweeds snacks!