Top Superfood Seaweed or Kale?

Seaweed or Kale?

 Kale has been king of the superfoods  for a while now. But, kale may be coming to the end of its term in royalty with the rise of the seaweed on trend. Following the popularity contest between vegetables and foodies is interesting and a useful way to spend  time, it may be better to actually examine the nutrition and health facts associated with each superfood instead of just going with a popular vote.

Some people may claim to love kale now, but the super food wasn’t always a staple among health-conscious foodies. In fact, there was a time when people thought kale was just a bitter garnish that decorated bowls.

Recently, another overlooked food is being deemed the new kale. Meet kelp, a type of seaweed that’s popping up in the form of jerky and pickles. Seaweed is already popular in Asian cuisine, but kelp isn’t exactly common fare for most Americans. So why are we hearing about it now? Here’s what you should know.

There isn’t a single event that propelled the craze for seaweeds. Although it seems like people started talking about kelp just yesterday, enthusiasm for the seaweed has steadily grown over the past few years. In 2015, British Chef Jamie Oliver said eating kelp, and other low-calorie but nutritious foods, helped him shed nearly 30 pounds.

Nutritional Facts

Kale’s nutrition facts, which are based on a serving size of one cup (about 67 grams), have 33 calories, 0.6 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 25 milligrams of sodium, 329 milligrams of potassium, 6 grams of carbohydrates, and 2.9 grams of protein. Kale’s vitamin percentages are 133% vitamin A, 10% calcium, 134% vitamin C, 5% iron, 10% vitamin B-6, 7% magnesium, and 0% vitamin D and B-12.


Seaweeds are low in the calorie count

Unless you are an avid health freak you may not know exactly what all of those numbers mean.  The appeal to both of these superfoods is their low calorie count.  Both are very high in all of the nutrients that our bodies need in order to function properly. Seaweed is very high in iodine, something not seen in many other foods and important for maintaining a healthy thyroid. Kale has very high levels of vitamins that are important for our health, especially vitamins A, C, and K. A bowl of either of these two superfoods is an easy way to get all your daily nutrients without an excessive amount of calories. The nutrition facts for seaweed were based on a serving size double of that of kale’s with relatively similar numbers. Therefore in theory seaweed, at least from a nutritional standpoint, is twice the superfood that kale is. 

Seaweed v Kale is there a winner?

 Ok we  now understand how good seaweeds are for us but how can we use seaweeds and where can we buy it from? Ebb Tides sustainably hand harvest seaweeds from some of the purist waters around the UK based in Devon England. Their products are simple to use for everyday use and can even be used for seasonings  teas and stocks for example. Is there a winner between seaweeds v kale well of course its down to indervidual taste and preference, however the figures dont lie.  So now you have no excuse not seaweeds or why not ttry both together and blend these two superfoods into a rocket powered dish.   

Thanks to Allison Tanersley