Alaria Whole Leaf 2oz – Wild Atlantic Wakame


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Premium organic Alaria (Alaria esculenta) leaf in a convenient 2 oz. bag. Alaria is also known as winged kelp, or “wild Atlantic wakame” because it is so biologically and nutritionally similar to Japanese wakame (Undaria pinnatifida). Sustainably wild-harvested from the pristine waters of the North Atlantic, and lab-tested for quality and safety.

  • Certified Organic
  • Dried at low temperatures to preserve enzymes, nutrients, and the environment
  • Alaria contains vitamin A (beta-carotene), iron, potassium, magnesium, chlorophyll, B vitamins, and dietary fiber.
  • High in iodine…about 280 mcg per g
  • Easy to use! One teaspoon of Alaria added to a cup of hot water makes a mineral-rich broth, or add a quarter of a teaspoon to your favorite smoothie to make it so much more nutritious!

Dried seaweed is a nutritional powerhouse.  Sea vegetables provide all 56 minerals and trace elements required for your body’s physiological functions, some in quantities greatly exceeding those of land plants.  They contain significant levels of vitamins, including the B vitamins, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C.  Their protein content ranges from 10% to almost 40%, and they contain all or most of the essential amino acids required by humans.  They’re low in fat and high in fiber; two qualities that make them healthy for the heart.  And then, of course, there’s iodine.  Sea vegetables are one of the highest natural sources of dietary iodine, even when eaten in small quantities.

To paraphrase an old saying, oftentimes good things come in small portions.  This is definitely true of sea vegetables.  You don’t have to eat a lot to get the most of their flavor and nutrition.  Even in Japan, where about one-third of the adult population eats seaweed almost every day, the average daily intake is only about 4-7 grams, usually over the course of 2-3 small servings eaten throughout the day.  In the US, the FDA defines a serving size as the amount of food customarily consumed (i.e., typically eaten) in one sitting for that food.  The FDA often refers to serving size as the “Reference Amount Customarily Consumed”, or RACC. The serving size is required information on nutrition facts labeling because it informs consumers about the nutritional value of their food in a quantifiable fashion.  The serving size shouldn’t be interpreted as the amount one is supposed to eat, but rather as the amount that most people ordinarily eat.  For dried edible seaweed, the FDA considers 5g to be the RACC.

We test our sea vegetables annually following each harvest season and throughout the year to ensure they’re free of food pathogens and dangerous levels of naturally occurring or human origin contaminants such as heavy metals, pesticides, petroleum residues, and radiation.