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Nori Seaweed Great for Weight Management & Health

There are many health benefits to Nori or dried seaweed, especially for those who want to improve their health. Nori is popular in Japan, Korea, China and even many other Asian countries. It is often used as an edible wrapper to hold food together and enhance the flavour of sushi rolls and Temaki (handrolls). It is also often added to Japanese soups like Miso soup and mixed together with rice and formed into rice balls. It is so versatile and tasty it can even be enjoyed as a snack on its own.

Nori Seaweed Great for Weight Management & Health

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Here are some of the claimed health benefits of Nori seaweed.

Aid digestion – An impressive one third of Nori is dietary fibre, which helps in regulating digestion and removing hazardous toxins from the body. Some studies suggest that toxins in the body can impede weight loss.

Appetite control – The high fibre content also keeps the body feeling full for longer. And Nori has low calories and low fat content making it an ideal healthy snack. Its crunchy texture also helps make it a fun alternative for chips.

Bursting with protein – Nori typically contains about one third of plant protein, making it a very rich source of this essential nutrient for building and repairing muscles.

Cholesterol control – A good source of Omega-3 fatty acids, Nori has been shown to help lower cholesterols in some studies.

Helps build blood cells – About 100g of Nori contains more than 80% of the recommended daily intake of iron. Iron is very important for our bodies, especially in building blood cells which deliver oxygen all over bodies to help you stay feeling fresh.

Packed with essential nutrients – Iodine, Vitamin A, Vitamin E Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Potassium, Zinc and Phosphorous are just some of other nutrients that can be found in Nori. This impressive array of nutrients will keep the body functioning in tip top condition so you can maintain an active lifestyle.

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