Is Seaweed Salad Healthy?
Learn the ingredients of seaweed salad and it’s nutritional breakdown
Seaweed salad, also known as hiyashi wakame and goma wakame, is a very popular salad served in sushi bars and Japanese restaurants. It can be found as an appetizer as well as a garnish and has enjoyed success as a cross over ingredient in many types of restaurants serving seafood. The salad’s growing popularity in Manhattan in the nineties coined it the
Diners often turn to this delicious green salad as a healthy appetizer. Though wakame seaweed has a host of health benefits, the product served in restaurants is almost always a pre-packaged, seasoned product. As a pre-packaged and often frozen product, people often wonder what’s in seaweed salad and is it really good for you?
Ingredients in Seaweed Salad
Seaweed salad is most commonly sesame flavored and the wakame seaweed is not surprisingly seasoned with sesame oil as well as sesame seeds. Other seasoning components are red pepper flakes, vinegar, salt and cloud ear (kikurage) mushrooms. Agar agar, a type of seaweed-based gelatin, is also added for texture. But what may surprise you is that some manufacturers add artificial dye to the salad. Sugar is also added, but depending on manufacturer, may be present in the form of corn syrup.
Nutritional Data on Pre-Packaged Seaweed Salad
A typical serving size, 2 ounces, of seaweed salad has approximately 70 calories, 4 grams of fat, 10 grams of carbohydrates, 50 milligrams of calcium, and 1 gram of protein. Eaten in moderation, seaweed salad can be enjoyed without breaking the calorie bank.