How to use kelp powder

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How to use kelp powder
Kelp is green and grows in long tendrils that float in the water. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Kelp is a type of seaweed that grows in water up to 100 feet deep. Kelp grows quickly, up to an inch every hour. Because of its ability to grow fast, it is harvested and used in many products. Kelp powder is created from dried kelp. In some parts of the world such as Japan, kelp and kelp powder is a common part of the local diet. In other places, kelp powder is used for its nutritional value and medicinal uses.

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  1. 1

    Add kelp powder to blended drinks such as smoothies to add vitamins and nutrition to your diet.

  2. 2

    Sprinkle kelp powder onto your rice when preparing sushi; kelp powder is a traditional way to add flavour and vitamins to this Japanese dish.

  3. 3

    Mix kelp powder into your dough when making homemade bread; this adds minerals and vitamins as well as flavour.

  4. 4

    Add a dash of kelp powder instead of salt to foods, or in addition to salt to add flavour.

  5. 5

    Mix kelp powder into your lye mixture when making homemade soap; this adds minerals to your body products.

Tips and warnings

  • Kelp, like all products from the sea, contains arsenic. Consult your doctor or a nutritionist before adding large amounts of kelp to your diet.

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