Kelp is one of the least-understood seafood products, and it’s unfortunate because this powerhouse brown seaweed subspecies is one of the healthiest, most sustainable seafood products there is!
Vegan and vegetarian friendly, this sea vegetable can be consumed hot, cold, raw, cooked, powdered – basically any way you can imagine.
Kelp is used for various purposes and kelp’s benefits extend frommetabolic support (which aids weight loss) to immune system support and more! Ready to learn more about what kelp is good for and how it can help you?
North Coast Seafoods is here to kelp demystify this sustainable, edible superfood as well as answer your otherfrequently asked questions about fish and seafood.
Kelp, or sea kelp, is a type of seaweed – brown seaweed, to be exact. While it grows naturally in the ocean, it can also be farmed and harvested for food, like kelp noodles, dried kelp, and kelp wrappers for sushi (similar to nori). Because of its salty umami flavor, kelp can even be used as a seasoning.
If you’re a vegan or vegetarian – not a pescatarian – seafood is off limits. Right? Not so fast.
Sea kelp, and other seaweed varieties for that matter, are considered seafood. Therefore, you can eat seafood if you’re vegan if the seafood product in question is kelp!
North Coast's Salmon-Kelp "Ocean Burger" (SHOP HERE)
The practice of farming kelp in “kelp forests” is one of the most sustainable farming practices there is. Why? Kelp can grow and be farmed anywhere seaweed grows. In the ocean, kelp is often farmed by:
Photo Credit: Atlantic Sea Farms
Kelp farming is carbon-negative and requires no land, irrigation, or pesticides to be grown! It’s naturally easy-to-grow and low-maintenance. Kelp also mitigates the effects of ocean acidification!
Kelp fights climate change by removing carbon from the ocean, helping to improve water quality and mitigate the effects of ocean acidification.
Kelp is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, packed with minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Don’t take our word as medical advice by any means, but kelp offersa variety of health benefits!
Just a few kelp benefits worth noting include:
Safe to say that kelp is a “superfood”! That said, if you’re a woman who’s pregnant or breastfeeding or are taking thyroid medications, you shouldavoid kelpsupplements or speak to your physician about potential interactions before consuming them.
The reasoning behind this is that kelp actually is a fantastic source of iodine. Therefore,consuming kelp while pregnant can be safe in moderation – just always be sure to consult your doctor if in doubt!
Our team at North Coast Seafoods proudly partners with Atlantic Sea Farms to source our kelp, which is grown by local, independent family farmers in the clean, cold waters of Maine.
In 2021, kelp forests planted and harvested by Atlantic Sea Farms’ local farmers helped remove 107,000 lbs. of carbon removed from Maine’s waters.
Whether you’re looking to incorporate a kelp salad into your daily meal plan or you want to eat kelp in a more adventurous way – like kelp ice cream, try kelp today! This sea vegetable is green (in more ways than one), not to mention delicious and nutritious!
Developed by our in-house Chef of Research and Development, Andrew Wilkinson, our Kelp Meatballs are a one-of-a-kind plant-based products that are trendy, delicious, healthy, and effortless to prepare.
These Kelp items are naturally vegan and gluten free with a clean label list of ingredients composed primarily of kelp, green chickpeas, brown rice, and spices, rewarding a bright, herby, fresh flavor profile and umami richness.
Kelp Meatballs are available now for wholesale orders and home delivery! To order or learn more about how to become a distribution partner or retail customer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out via our Contact Us page.
Our Salmon-Kelp Ocean Burger is also available for direct home delivery.
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