Frequently Asked Questions
Is seaweed a vegetable?
Seaweed is technically a type of algae. Algae are a type of plant-like organism usually found in water. Unlike land plants, algae do not have root systems, flowers, or leaves.
This means that seaweed aren’t really vegetables like land vegetables. However, many people use seaweed as a vegetable, and refer to it as a ‘sea vegetable’.
The truth is, it doesn’t matter if it’s technically a vegetable or not, as long as you enjoy it!
Why do I need seaweed in my diet?
We all need certain nutrients in our diet in order to survive. These are known as essential nutrients. There are also some that are not essential, but that definitely help us to be our healthiest. Seaweed is packed to the brim with different nutrients, including:
- Vitamin B12
- B group vitamins
- Vitamin K
That’s a lot of goodness in a small package!
These nutrients support health benefits such as:
- A healthy thyroid
- A fast metabolism
- Relaxed muscles
- Healthy nerve cells
- High energy production
- Strong bones
- A healthy gut
- Optimal blood pressure
- Rapid healing from illness and injury
- High immunity
- Strong circulation
- Lower risk of many chronic diseases
The good thing is, you don’t need to consume heaps of seaweed to reap the benefits. In fact, small daily doses are ideal for maintaining your well-being.
We have written a few blogs about the benefits of eating seaweed. Click here to find out more.
How much seaweed should I use a day?
There’s no set amount that you ‘should’ use each day, just make sure the seaweed species you are eating doesn’t contain excessive amount of seaweed which can potentially cause harm. We can take some guidance from the people who have been eating it for thousands of years.
The average Japanese person consumes around 10-12g of seaweed per day. 10g of seaweed is approximately 4 sheets.
The Japanese also have a lower incidence of many diseases, and good health overall. This suggests that this amount is pretty safe for your average daily consumption. You might have a little less sometimes, or only have it a few times a week.
If you’re new to seaweed, it’s perfectly ok to start up with a small amount, and work up to daily consumption.
Can you eat too much seaweed? Read our blog post here.
What are the different types of seaweed?
There are dozens of different types of seaweed that you can munch on! The main classes are red algae, green algae and brown algae.
However, the most common seaweeds for consumption include kombu, nori, dulse, and of course wakame. Kombu and wakame are types of kelp, a class of brown algae. Nori and dulse are red algae.
Interestingly, chlorella is classified as a type of edible seaweed – but it’s far less tasty than wakame.
We have formulated our own trademarked Rainbow Seaweed which includes wakame, nori, dulse, winged kelp and sea lettuce. Learn more about our Rainbow Seaweed here.
How long does Alg products last?
Alg Seaweed condiments are dried product which mean it naturally have a long shelf life. We have a date stamp of 12 months from production day but we promise you that they are so tasty and versatile it won’t last that long in your pantry!
Alg Rainbow Seaweed Bites also have a 12 months best before date from manufacturing. We highly suggest you keep them in a cool dry place.
How do you use Alg Seaweed condiments?
Alg Seaweed can be used in both savory and sweet dishes. As the seaweed is naturally slightly salty, by just adding a teaspoon into the dish adds extra umami flavor and extra nutrition to your meal. From sprinkling it on salads, to smoked salmon on crackers, to polenta chips or chocolate. The Alg range is very versatile and should be in everyone’s pantry.
Visit our blog for recipe inspirations and download your ‘Alg Seaweed ‘How To’ Guide’.
When will my order be shipped?
Your Alg products will be shipped within 1-3 business day via Australia Post or Sendle.
Where do you ship?
At this stage Alg Seaweed ships Australia wide. If you are would like to place an international order, please contact us directly via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How much does postage cost?
Standard shipping cost is $9.90 across Australia.
Where else can I purchase your products?
You can buy Alg Seaweed online and through our stockists. We are constantly growing our stockists.
Interested in stocking Alg Seaweed? Get in touch with us here.