Forget about croton leaves, here comes sea weed food


by Maheesha Mudugamuwa


Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry has taken steps to promote the consumption of seaweed among Sri Lankans.

New experiments on seaweed based food products have been started by the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) under the directives of the Fisheries Ministry.

Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that although seaweed based food was consumed by many countries the trend was not prevalent in Sri Lanka, despite the health benefits. Seaweed was rich with iodine and other nutrients, he added.

He said that NARA had already produced a form of ‘low-sugar seaweed jelly’ that could be used by diabetes patients and was continuing experiments.


NARA also has taken measures to extend the knowledge of producing food items using seaweed to the interested parties free of charge.

Even though seaweed foods are used in leading hotels in Sri Lanka, such food is not popularized among the majority of the country, he said.

Amaraweera said that NARA would take steps to implement an awareness raising programme to promote the consumption of seaweed among Sri Lankans.

Consumption of sea weed related food could satisfy nutrition requirements and they contain a considerable proportion of iodine and other nutrients. According to the expert view, seaweed consumption could prevent non-communicable diseases, the Minister noted.

According to Nutrition experts, seaweeds typically have a wide array of vitamins and minerals. It is low in fat but packed with soluble fiber, which helps control blood sugar levels and keeps bowels moving. Seaweed is a great source of vitamins A, C, E, K and B vitamins and it’s also rich in minerals, including iodine, selenium, calcium and iron. It also contains amino acids.

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