While it is true that they are still a novelty in our diet, it is also true that more and more people tend to include them in their cooking. We’re talking about seaweed, which is highly consumed in countries like Japan, which is in fact the country with the highest per capita consumption of seaweed.
Simply put, we can tell you that algae are freshwater or saltwater plants that have the same cycles as terrestrial plants. However, they grow, reproduce and die without any sowing or watering processes. There are varieties of algae that are better known than others, such as spirulina, fucus or kombu.
Although we can also find other species that are just as healthy from a nutritional point of view, but less well known. This is the case of the cochayuyo seaweed.
You’re probably surprised by his name. In fact, it’s quite possible you’ve never heard of her before. But did you know that it is a seaweed with interesting health qualities as well as various nutritional benefits? Here we explain everything you need to know about it.
What is the kelp?
It’s a type of algae that can reach up to 15 meters in length. As you will see in the images that accompany this note, its appearance is certainly different from the rest of the algae that are sold in markets and supermarkets.
Its flesh is fibrous, firm and quite fleshy. And, as with most seaweed, its aroma is very reminiscent of the sea, and its taste – how could it be less – is just as intense. For this reason, as we will know in the section dedicated to it, it is usually a very used option for the elaboration of broths and soups.
It is a very valuable variety of seaweed, as well as valued and recognized, mainly due to the danger of its collection, since it is common to find it especially on the rocks of the cliffs.
In fact, it is common to cut the base and leave it “free” for the tide to bring it to the shore, to be later collected and dried on the different rocks.
Benefits of the cochayuyo seaweed
Interesting qualities in case of high cholesterol
Thanks to its richness in fibre, it is able to reduce the levels of cholesterol in the blood, because it is able to carry some of the cholesterol from the food and help eliminate it through the faeces.
It therefore becomes an interesting natural option in case of high cholesterol.
Useful in slimming diets
Whether you’re on a weight loss diet or simply following a diet to control your weight, the truth is that the kelp can be useful.
On the one hand, we must highlight in this regard the already mentioned high fiber content, with its satiating effect that helps reduce appetite, and therefore will help us to control hunger and eat less.
On the other hand, we must mention its high iodine content, and its low fat content.
Prevents goiter and hypothyroidism
As with most seaweeds, the cochayuyo stands out for its high iodine content. In fact, 100 grams of the dry part of this seaweed provide 490 mg of iodine.
It is therefore a very useful natural option in preventing both hypothyroidism and goitre.
Helps eliminate toxins
Not only because of its high fiber content, but also because of its contribution in alginic acid, it is an interesting option when it comes to eliminating toxins accumulated in the body, acting also as a natural purifier.
Useful against fatigue
Are you tired and need extra energy? In this sense, the seaweed can become an extremely interesting option, especially if you suffer from chronic exhaustion or extreme tiredness.
Why? This is due to its high contribution in proteins, oligoelements and minerals, which have the advantage of helping to tone up our body.
Nutritional information of the cochayuyo seaweed
From a nutritional point of view, the cochayuyo seaweed stands out mainly for being
Rich in protein and trace elements.
Its mineral content stands out: potassium, iodine, sodium, iron, calcium, magnesium and manganese.
On the other hand, we must mention that 100 grams of dry part of cochayuyo seaweed contribute:
Energy: 85 Kcal. Carbohydrates: 12 gr. Proteins: 12 gr. Fiber: 48 gr. Minerals: Potassium (1.240 mg), sodium (3.450 mg), calcium (1.150 mg), magnesium (1.015 mg), iodine (490 mg) and iron (32 mg)
Contraindications of seaweed
We must take into account that, although the seaweed has interesting benefits for our health, it also has certain contraindications that make its consumption less advisable.
For example, 100 grams of cochayuyo provide 3,450 mg. of sodium, so its consumption is not recommended in case of high blood pressure.