Sea grapes is a type of seaweed shaped like a bunch of grapes. It is also known as green caviar, which is known as a very expensive dish only for the upper class. In Japan, people often call them sea grapes.
Besides its rich fiber content, sea grapes are also rich in vitamins A, B, C, K and beta carotene, plant compounds and antioxidants. Sea grapes are often exploited and used as a vegetable. However, its nutritional content is significantly higher than that of common vegetables.
Sea grapes are often naturally distributed in Southeast Asia, Japan and islands in the Pacific region. Currently, Vietnam has grown sea grape varieties from Japan in Dong Ha, Hai Ninh, Khanh Hoa.
Whether fresh or dehydrated (dried), this dish also brings many health benefits. So what specific effects does sea grapes have? Here are the effects of sea grapes for you to better understand and incorporate them into your diet.
Help strengthen bones
Sea grapes are rich in protein, calcium and polyunsaturated fatty acids in the omega 3 group (DHA, EPA, ALA). These substances have anti-inflammatory effects and reduce symptoms of arthritis. Therefore, using this type of seaweed regularly will help you have flexible and strong bones, reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
Sea grapes are rich in iron and vitamin A. Therefore, it has the effect of enhancing the function of the visual nervous system and improving vision. In addition, another great effect of sea grapes is to support the prevention of eye diseases such as night blindness, dry eyes
Reduce the risk of diabetes
Sea grapes contain lots of vitamin C, which helps prevent and improve diabetes symptoms effectively. Specifically, this food helps the body control sugar levels and free radical activity. In addition, this food also reduces intracellular sorbitol accumulation and inhibits the binding of glucose to proteins. Sorbitol accumulation and glycosylation are strongly associated with diabetic complications. Sea grapes contain phytochemicals, especially unsaturated fatty acids, which bring many health benefits to people at risk of diabetes. A clinical study has demonstrated the positive effects of sea grape extract on the body’s blood sugar and total cholesterol levels.
One effect of sea grapes that many women absolutely love is its positive impact on the skin and slowing down the aging process. Fats in sea grapes will help protect cell membranes, improve the elasticity of blood vessel walls, thereby reducing symptoms of dry skin. This type of seaweed also promotes the production of collagen and antioxidants, two substances considered “natural cosmetics”. Thanks to that, adding sea grapes to a healthy diet helps improve skin, hair and slow down the aging process.
What effects does sea grapes have? Sea grape seaweed is low in sugar but rich in calcium, zinc, iron, vegetable protein, vitamin C and polyunsaturated fatty acids, so it can be considered a nutritious and safe food in case you are overweight or are on diet.
Products have clear origins and meet product safety standards
Most types of vegetable noodles on the market today have clear origins. Clearly state the ingredients and quantity of vegetables. In addition, there are a number of vermicelli and vegetable noodles products that meet international quality standards on food safety. Good for human health such as: Organic USDA, FDA,… Consumers can be completely assured about the quality and safety of the product.
How to eat and preserve sea grapes
You can wash it with fresh water and then soak it in a bowl of ice water to naturally remove the fishy smell. Seaweed when soaked in water will shrink after about 30 seconds. Therefore, you should not put all the seaweed in the bowl but should only eat as much as you can. This way, the seaweed will be crispy and easier to eat.
Fresh seaweed can be stored for 3 – 5 days. You should keep fresh seaweed in cool places, avoid direct sunlight, and do not store fresh seaweed in the refrigerator. You can even leave fresh algae outside in the right conditions so they can continue to photosynthesize.
With dried sea grapes, first open the bag, take the dehydrated sea grapes and put them in a bowl of clean water, soak for about 3 – 5 minutes, the sea grapes will slowly expand and become fresh again.
Then, pour out the soaked water and put the seaweed in a bowl of ice water and soak for about 3 minutes. Similar to fresh seaweed, you should only eat as much as you soak because the sea grapes will shrink.
With love for Vietnamese culinary culture, Viet Delta launched an organic dehyderated sea grapes product according to USDA organic standards. Ensuring the first 5 No criteria in Vietnam, in hope of providing safe, delicious and nutritious meals to each home.