Irish Sea Spaghetti Seaweed
(Thongweed, Himanthalia elongata)
This seaweed is also known as spaghetti de la mer, sea haricots, sea thong and button weed. This seaweed is easily the most recognisable sea vegetables on the seashore, we believe one of the more distinct species we comminaly observe. Sea spaghetti grows from a button shaped growth on the rock that starts growing in the first year and forms long whip-like fronds in the second year. This seaweed resembles what looks like a cat-o-nine-tails, sea spaghetti is olive green in colour to dark green in colour.
Sea apghetti grows between the kelp belt and the wracks such as bladder wrack. This sea vegetable is laid out to dry lenghtwise and cut to size when dry and packed and then stored for sale.
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General Nutritional Information
Sea spaghetti like all seaweeds is packed full of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. That is why Seaweeds have been harvested and consumed by coastal communities for thousands of years and in all parts of the world.
Sea spaghetti contains up to 30% minerals including the macro-minerals; potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus and trace minerals; iodine, zinc, manganese, iron and copper.
This seaweed contains numerous vitamin micronutrients such A, C and E and multitude of other important health boosting organics.
Sea spaghetti is also low in fat and yet much of which is poly-unsaturated or so-called healthy fats or other fats that have high nutritional importance, such as phytol, fucosterol and palmitic, palmitoleic and oleic acids. This seaweed, though containing less than 1% fat, much of these fatty acids are omega-3 and 6 oils, in a ratio that is well matched, an important factor known to be important for good overall human health.
This seaweed is rich in dietetic fibre, containg up to 10% by dry weight which is almost 3 times as much found in brown rice or 4 times that found in prunes. This means an 8g portion of this seaweed has been estimated (according to Institute of Grocery Distribution guidlines) to provide approximately 11% of the recomended daily intake of fibre.
Additional Health Information
Seaweds are recognised as containing more and varied mineral nutrients than many animal or plant foods that are land-based because of the marine habitat of sea vegetables. For example, one study showed that sea spaghetti contained more nutritionally important macro and micro-nutrients (calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium, copper, iron and iodine) than equivalent amounts of banannas or peanuts. This study also found for instance, that there that sea spaghetti contained 3, 5, 5, 3 and 2 times more calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron and iodine, respectively, than serloin steak ! Seaweeds are truely nutritious.
As with practically all seaweeds, sea spaghetti is an excellent source of antioxidant vitamins such as alpha-tocohperol also known as vitamin E. This vitamin is especially important because it fixes damaging free-raicals. Carotenoids are also present in this sea vegetable, these diverse group of chemicals are principally reponsible for the orange colour of carrots for example, they perform a similar funtion to vitamin E. The main reason why antioxidants are important in the diet is because they have been shown to prevent cancer and tumor formation.
Numerous studies have shown that omega oils, like those that occur in this seaweed, all in well-balanced ratios in sea spaghetti seaweed, have been shown in mutitude well documented scientific studies to reduce the incidences several of coronary diseases, such as thrombosis (clotting of the arteries and veins) and arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), all of which can result in strokes or heart attacks.
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