Itsu crispy seaweed thins

I’m not a fan of nutrition-by-numbers, the belief that if something is “good for you” then it gains automatic entry to your diet. Food has to taste good for me to eat it, although I won’t deny that food which tastes good and packs a nutritional punch will always take precedence over flavourful but less healthy options. Itsu’s seaweed thins fit squarely into the former category, and more often than not I’ll get through a packet a day.

Each pack contains 12 3.5″ x 2″ wafer-thin seaweed sheets. They aren’t going to do much for your satiety levels as there is virtually nothing of them, but in terms of taste and ‘mouth-feel’ they’re hard to beat. Satisfyingly crunchy and unsettlingly addictive with a pleasant, “sea” taste, I use them to round off lunch or dinner.

The seaweed used to make the thins is laver and is harvested from the sea around South Korea. The packaging triumphantly proclaims “32 calories” but as you’ll find out in future blogposts I don’t consider calories to be an efficient barometer of nutritional value. Where the thins hold their own health-wise is in their micronutrient profile. Seaweed is a good source of iodine, which is crucial for thyroid function, but in addition it contains a wealth of other minerals including calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, and selenium. Vitamins A, C and B12 also come as part of the package.

So all in all, these laver lovelies may be a tad pricey (£1.25 per packet) and will leave a trail of tell-tale green flakes in their wake, but they are well worth the investment.

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