What Are the Benefits of Kelp?

Reviewed on 2/12/2021
Kelp is a type of brown algae that usually grows in cool, relatively shallow waters close to the shore.
Kelp is a type of brown algae that usually grows in cool, relatively shallow waters close to the shore.

Kelp is a type of brown algae that usually grows in cool, relatively shallow waters close to the shore. Kelp, also known as kombu in Japanese, is mostly used in Japanese dishes, such as miso soup and udon noodles. Kelp forests are seen along much of the west coast of North America. These underwater towers of kelp provide food and shelter for thousands of fishes, invertebrates, and marine mammal species. Kelp is loaded with nutrients. They have 10 times more minerals compared to other plants that grow in soil. There are many proven benefits of using kelp, which include:

How to prepare kelp?

Raw kelp can be used in stir-fry dishes, soups, salads, or smoothies. You can add dried kelp while:

  • Cooking dried beans
  • Adding flavor to soups and broths

You can consume kelp noodles hot or cold or you can also add to:

  • Salads
  • Sauteed vegetables and protein

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References
WebMD. Health Benefits of Kelp. https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-kelp#1

U.S. Department of Agriculture. Seaweed, Kelp, Raw. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168457/nutrients

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