- Written by Suzy Cohen Suzy Cohen
Quick—what food is red, salty, chewy, and delicious? If you said bacon, you’re close … sort of!
I’m actually talking about dulse (rhymes with “pulse”), which is a kind of seaweed, or technically a form of algae that grows attached to rocks near the shore of the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Its leaves are roughly the same shape as bacon, which is appropriate because when you pan-fry dulse, it actually tastes kind of like bacon.
Don’t roll your eyes at me—I’m totally serious.
Unlike bacon, dulse is a superfood. The high content of minerals makes it particular-ly useful for the production of thyroxine, a thyroid hormone.
Dulse comes in many forms, even powder. Think of it like you would salt, and just sprinkle it on soups, chicken, salads, popcorn, and stir fries. It might also replace some of the salt in your food.
But my favorite way to eat it is pan-fried, which is when it comes close to tasting like bacon. I have a simple recipe posted on my website for a DLT (dulse, lettuce, and tomato) sandwich and a comprehensive version of this article with precautions.
Dulse has powerful antioxidant properties and can inhibit runaway cell proliferation; plus, it provides the following nutrients and several others not listed here:
Carotenoids – These are potent antioxidants, like alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lu-tein, and zeaxanthin, all of which are known to be good for healthy eyesight, reducing free radical damage, and decreasing the risk or duration of chronic illness.
Iodine – Iodine is essential to your thyroid’s ability to produce enough thyroid hor-mone, and iodine deficiency is very common. But it’s not just for your thyroid; it’s needed in all your cells, especially your reproductive organs and for immune function.
Iron – This mineral is necessary to make a protein called hemoglobin, which acts like a tow truck and lugs oxygen all over your body.
It supports the health of your blood, helping to prevent anemia. Iron is also vital to carry out dozens of life-sustaining chemical reactions throughout your body.
Potassium – Potassium is a vasodilator and functions as an electrolyte to help bal-ance sodium; this regulates fluid balance in your cells, so it supports healthy blood pressure.
Potassium provides for an alkaline environment, which counters common acidosis caused by a fast-food Western diet.
Vitamin A – This skin- and vision-loving nutrient can also boost immunity by keep-ing your mucous membranes “wet” and strong, meaning they are empowered to filter parti-cles and pathogens before they enter your body.
Free Glutamate – Dulse has a lot of glutamic acid, as does most shellfish and seaweed. It is not the same as the food additive MSG, but it can sometimes behave that way in a small percentage of people.
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