If you intend to reduce calorie intake, it could not hurt to try a breakfast of seaweed. The study found that breakfast sandwich with a piece of seaweed helps reduce calorie intake as 1.5 hours of running on the treadmill.
Contains seaweed rich in natural nutrients and minerals. Research conducted by Sheffield Hallam University is using seaweed as a whole, instead of using seaweed extract. Seaweed serve as a substitute for salt because it has a salty taste. Bread served also did not contain salt because its function has been replaced by seaweed.
“It’s like eating ordinary bread. But salty taste comes from the mineral rich seaweed. Seaweed contains the minerals that far more of the plants on the mainland,” said Dr. Craig Rose of The Seaweed Foundation as reported by The Telegraph.
The research was conducted on 79 healthy men who are overweight. Participants who eat seaweed sandwiches feel full sooner so that caloric intake is reduced as much as 179 calories a day. The amount is equal to the number of calories burned by walking on the treadmill for 1.5 hours. Reduction of 100 calories alone is quite significant in a weight loss program.
Seaweed in this study are harvested, dried and milled at a local factory in the outer Hebrides in Scotland. None of the study participants could distinguish ordinary bread with slices of bread containing added seaweed. It was the same but the levels of sodium in the seaweed is much lower.
In addition to reducing the intake of salt, seaweed also makes the stomach feel full so it is not easy to hunger. When the 12 participants were then asked to eat 400 gram bowl of pasta and tomato sauce for lunch, some people feel full after eating 2 bowls.
“I’ve tried the seaweed bread and really liked it. We use seaweed intact because it is rich in fiber and minerals. What have we studied is a very good findings to increase research on seaweed and health,” researcher, Anna Hall , professor of nutrition at Sheffield Hallam University.
Previous research has attempted to use seaweed as a substitute for salt that is added to the pasta. Besides being used for bread, the use of seaweed may also be combined with meat such as sausage.
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