What Is Kelp?
Kelp , also known as Kombu, is a sea vegetable from the family Laminariaceae. For details on the genera there is a useful Wikipedia page on the subject of Laminariaceae. Another useful page on Wikipedia is one about Kombu.
Why is Kelp such a good food addition?
Kelp contains natural sodium and glutamate, both of which enhance the flavours in our foods. Sea vegetables contain key minerals not found anywhere else in plant form.
What is in Kelp that’s so good?
The Ocean is the receptacle for all the mineral deposits washed down from the land over the years and seaweed as a natural filter absorbs these nutrients and contains potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, vitamin B9 and around 70 other mineral and trace elements as well as being one of the richest natural sources of iodine.
Nutrional Content1g of Organic seaweed (uncooked) supplies 670mcg of iodine (447% of your recommended dietary Allowance and 61% of your tolerable upper intake level for an adult 19+)
|Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)|
|Standard Nutrional Info|
|Energy||577 kJ (138 kcal)|
|Dietary fiber||31.4 g|
|Vitamin & Mineral Content|
|Vitamin A equiv.||71 ?g (9%)|
|- beta-carotene||850 ?g (8%)|
|Thiamine (vit. B1)||0.8 mg (70%)|
|Riboflavin (vit. B2)||0.35 mg (29%)|
|Niacin (vit. B3)||2 mg (13%)|
|Pantothenic acid (B5)||0.642 mg (13%)|
|Folate (vit. B9)||180 ?g (45%)|
|Vitamin C||15 mg (18%)|
|Vitamin E||1 mg (7%)|
|Vitamin K||110 ?g (105%)|
|Calcium||760 mg (76%)|
|Iron||2.4 mg (18%)|
|Magnesium||540 mg (152%)|
|Manganese||0.2 mg (10%)|
|Phosphorus||240 mg (34%)|
|Potassium||5300 mg (113%)|
|Sodium||2700 mg (180%)|
|Zinc||1 mg (11%)|
|Link to USDA Database entry, []
Percentages are roughly approximated
using US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database