Seaweed is a very rich source of nutrients, It contains many vitamins and minerals, as well as proteins and carbohydrates, and is commonly called a superfood. Incorporating seaweeds into our diet can be very beneficial to our health. We want to support you in incorporating seaweed into your daily diet. We have created a Pinterest board of recipes using seaweed and we have videos of how to use many of the food products on this site in your kitchen. If you have a seaweed recipe you would like to share, please email it to us or send it through our social media accounts.
Agars and Carrageenans are derived from red seaweed. Agar is used in petri dishes in science labs and even in modelling clay. Alginates are derived from brown seaweed. Uses of algae derivatives can vary from a binder for the flux for welding rods to a binder and thickening agent for animal food. They have several applications in cosmetics as a thickeners and moisture retainers. They help retain the colour of lipstick on the lip surface by creating a gel network. Toothpaste, paint and shampoo, all use alginates. The use of alginate for printing of cotton jute and rayon is mandatory. They are safe and easier to decompose as a natural organic product than chemical substitutes. Even fireproof and waterproof clothing can be made from seaweeds.
Algal derivatives are used in a wide array of food products such as ice creams, jellies, lactic drinks and beer as thickening agents, gelling agents, emulsifiers, stabilisers and to generally improve the quality of food. Alginates are soluble in the stomach and are a suitable source of gelatin capsules for vegetarians. Alginate acids can be compounded into tablets to accelerate disintegration for faster release of medicinal components.