Smart Foods: Kelp Will Help You Shed The Pounds

by Charlene Flanagan

Kelp, or seaweed, is not just beneficial to the ocean waters, it can be quite a useful addition to your diet as well. It has been a staple in Asian and European cuisines for years, but it is only now that our modern diets have begun to call upon this nutritious sea vegetable.

In fact, it is now compared to the green superfood kale. In its fresh, frozen form, it has a mild flavor that lacks the salty and fishy hints present in dried kelp. Adding the fresh variety to your omelet or smoothie provides you with oodles of nutrition, without messing with the flavor of the food.

However, if weight loss is your goal, it’s important that you’re aware of the benefits of kelp. Here are just some of them:

  • A deficiency in iodine affects your metabolic functioning by a whopping 50 percent. Kelp fixes these iodine issues, thus aiding metabolic rate and promoting weight loss.
  • Its high fiber content helps you detox by aiding digestion and regulating bowel movements.
  • Kelp also contains several minerals which have been found to assist the breakdown of belly fat and relieve water retention.
  • Loaded with antioxidants, kelp helps neutralize free radical damage; this added detoxification really encourages your entire body to be in balance.
  • Kelp also contains alginate, a component that’s said to act as a weight-loss aid.

For what it’s worth, a healthy, balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber, is a great way to stay healthy. If you’re looking for an added boost, kelp is the way to go. Could kelp be the new kale? 

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