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Is Seaweed Low FODMAP?

May 03, 2022
Is Seaweed Low FODMAP?

Written by Amy Kaczor MS RD LDN, Registered Dietitian 

Is seaweed a low FODMAP food?

Seaweed is a versatile "vegetable of the sea" that can be a variety of colors from the typical black or green to brown and even red! Seaweed, also known as sea vegetables, has origins in Asia and was even used for medicine in Europe during the Roman Empire (Rose, 2016). Today, seaweed plays a dominant role in Asian cuisine. It is a staple sushi ingredient but is also used in soups, bread, pasta, and even smoothies!

According to the Monash University FODMAP Diet app, seaweed, also known as nori, has been tested as a low FODMAP food. Actually, Monash University reports that seaweed has no FODMAPs and to "eat freely and according to appetite."

Are you looking for a delicious way to use seaweed? Check out our easy recipe for low FODMAP shrimp sunomono

What are the health benefits of seaweed?

Seaweed is low-calorie and nutritious, whether as an ingredient or simply as a crispy dried snack. Seaweed contains the following micronutrients (O'Brien, 2018):

Iodine
Iron
Calcium
Omega-3 fatty acids
And more!


Seaweed is also full of antioxidants, compounds that protect cells in the body against harmful free radicals (O'Brien, 2018).

Summary

We hope this post answers your questions about the low FODMAP diet and seaweed as a part of the low FODMAP diet. Stay tuned for more posts about the low FODMAP diet and low FODMAP foods!

Stay tuned for more posts about low FODMAP foods. Also, check out our other pages for more information on managing digestive health.

References

O'Brien, S. (2018, May 28). 7 surprising health benefits of eating seaweed. Healthline. Retrieved May 3, 2022, from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-seaweed


Rose, C. (2016, January 11). The history of seaweed - seaweed & co.. Seaweed & Co. Retrieved May 3, 2022, from https://www.seaweedandco.com/seaweed-supply-history/


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