This Is the Next Superfood of 2016, According to Science

We began speculating on seaweed's potential to usurp kale as the trendiest leafy green months ago, but a new article from Mind Body Green's Dr. Frank Lipman factually confirms it: Seaweed is the new kale, both in terms of sustainability and nutritional value.

In his declaration, Dr. Lipman, an internationally acclaimed expert in the field of integrative medicine, has officially knighted seaweed as the next vegetable destined for fame in the hipster community and pop culture at large.

If the seaweed selection at Whole Foods is any indication, the vegetable of the sea is well on its way to a debut in Beyoncé's next homemade music video. From fried seaweed papers to roasted seaweed chips, the mass-production of edible seaweed products has reached epic proportions in the last few years. 

"It’s heavy on nutrition, light on empty calories, and comes with an array of superfood benefits," said Dr. Lipman of the ocean-grown wonder. "[People] now understand that the phytonutrients found in greens play an essential role in helping to support healthier lives, less burdened by disease and chronic illness."

The doctor was quick to point out seaweed's nutritional properties; it's reportedly a good source of iodine; vitamin A, B, and C; calcium; magnesium; iron; fiber; amino acids; and good fats. Most interesting, seaweed can also assist in regulating estrogen, which can help with PMS symptoms and reduce the risk of breast cancer, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition.

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