I must admit I didn’t see it coming. Really, I was sure that last weeks’ picture would remain an uncovered mystery till the very end, but boy was I wrong. Melissa got it right! “This week is tricky though, but my gut instinct says seaweed.” It shows that we really should trust our instincts. The correct answer was seconded by Virtually Teacher. She wasn’t sure about her guess but she was also right. Have a look at the full picture.
Every time we have a Chinese meal I will have some seaweed on the side – lovely and crisp, sweet tasting, so when I spotted a packet of seaweed in Costco I just had to try it. It doesn’t taste anything like the one I am used to eating. Its taste is much more algae like, much stronger and defined, but it is still pleasant and quite enjoyable.
According to a Huffington Post article: Seaweed’s best-known benefit is that it is an extraordinary source of a nutrient missing in almost every other food: iodine. Consuming healthy levels of iodine is critically important to maintaining a healthy thyroid, a gland in your neck which helps produce and regulate hormones. A malfunctioning thyroid can result in a wide range of symptoms such as fatigue, muscle weakness and high cholesterol (to name a few). In severe or untreated cases, it can lead to serious medical conditions like goiters (a swelling of the thyroid gland), heart palpitations and impaired memory.
But if you read the whole article you will discover that it isn’t all that good (just ten grams of Dulse, a type of red seaweed, has 34 times more potassium when comparing it to the same size serving of banana, which in turn can cause heart palpitations if someone has a kidney problem) or actually it is good but in moderation… like everything else I guess, including moderation.
But enough about seaweed for now; let’s move on into this week picture which is a bit different…
Who / What Am I?
Have a great evening and enjoy your weekend!