If you’ve eaten sushi before, you may be familiar with eating the black nori wrapper. Another type of seaweed that is just as mysterious looking as it is healthy for you is known as “dulse.”
Deficiency in Iodine
Iodine is an element that your body cannot make but need in order to function. It can be found all over our oceans, soil, rocks and concentrated by seaweed. Our bodies need iodine for the development of important thyroid hormones. Your thyroid is a gland located near your neck, and is in charge of metabolic process such as growth and use of energy. Over the last 40 years, the rate of iodine deficiency has increased 4 times! A deficiency in iodine can lead to the following problems:
- Most common cause of goiter (hypothyroidism)
- Links to breast cancer and fibrocystic breast disease
- Leading cause of preventable intellectual disability or mental retardation in children
- Causes weight gain, lack of energy, depression, cardiovascular disease
- Infertility in women (low levels of thyroid hormone)
The US RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) for iodine is 150-290 micrograms for adults. Fortunately only one gram of dulse flakes easily provides that daily amount.
What do dulse flakes taste like?
Vegetarian Miso Soup with Dulse Flakes
- 6 cups filtered water
- 1 teaspoon crushed pepper
- 5-6 shitake mushrooms
- 1 small zucchini
- 1 package of firm organic tofu
- 5 medium green onions
- 2 tablespoons dulse flakes.
- 1/2 cup, or 8 tablespoons white miso paste
- Optional: Serve soup with buckwheat noodles
- In a small bowl, dilute the miso with 1/2 cup of water. You can do this by using a spoon to mix the miso up until it’s completely diluted.
- Cut the zucchini into circles and shitake mushrooms into skinny strips. Cut the onions in pieces. Set these ingredients aside.
- Combine the ingredients in a large pot with the water. Cook at a low temperature and simmer for 15-20 minutes until vegetables are tender.
- Sprinkle dulse flakes on at the end. Serve immediately.