Nutritional Analysis of Sea Vegetation*
Please remember that the statistics in this chart have only relative significance. Sea veggies are natural organic marine plants, and specific laboratory analysis may vary due to naturally occurring fluctuations in the plants. These fluctuations may be due to time of year, tidal flows and weather patterns. We believe the whole plants provide more than the sum of their parts.
● Sea vegetables contain significant amounts of vitamins especially the B vitamins. A serving of Dulse (about 7g, 1/3 cup) provides about 10% RDA Vit B-2 (Riboflavin) and about 42% RDA Vit B-6. Nori is rich in these B-vitamins and also contains 7% to 10% RDA Vitamin A. Alaria offers even more Vit A, up to 20% RDA, along with the B vitamins.
● serving of Dulse or Kelp gives up to 30% of the RDA, 4 times the iron in spinach, and more than kidney beans, apricots, and peas
● About 1/3 cup (1/4 oz.) serving of Alaria contains more calcium than ½ cup boiled kale or bok-choy
● Magnesium is twice as abundant in Kelp and Alaria than in collard greens, and exceeds walnuts, bananas, potatoes, oatmeal, and even sockeye salmon.
Please remember that all the statistics in this chart have only relative significance. The whole plants provide much more than the sum of their parts.
Recommended Dietary Daily allowances, or RDAs are determined by the National Academy of Sciences as nutritional guidelines for "good" health for "most" people in the USA.
Ranges of recommended daily intakes are provided by the Academy where there is insufficient information on which to determine an exact RDA. Figures in both categories are for a middle aged, middle weight, American male.
These nutritional assays were done by the Silliker Laboratories of New Jersey and the Plant and Soil Analytical Lab University of Maine at Orono.
* These macronutrient guidelines are determined by assuming that an adult male's recommended daily energy intake of 2300 calories is derived from 10% protein, 30% fat, and 60% carbohydrate, according to U.S. Dietary Guidelines.
ŧ ŧ RDA= 150 µg. Sea vegetables are the richest plant source of iodine in the world, and kelp is the Iodine superstar! Iodine is an essential mineral and can protect against radioactive contamination. In a small number of susceptible individuals excess dietary iodine may result in reversible hypothyroidism. Please consult your health care provider if you feel this is an issue.
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