I like to post a variety of content here on The Prairie Homestead, and for the most part, we keep it pretty light and fun. But every once and a while, I like to dive in a little deeper and explore the science behind some of my crazy natural choices. I am ecstatic to be welcoming Eric Zielinski back to the blog today. He is a health coach and skilled researcher who specializes in natural topics that are right up my alley! From time to time, he’ll be joining us and sharing some of his research, as is the case for today’s kelp post.
Have you fed your cows their kelp today?
I know… I may have just confirmed your suspicions that I’m a little bit off my rocker… but hear me out.
In its most basic sense, kelp is simply a type of edible seaweed, and yes, some folks do indeed feed it to their livestock. Read on for details!
A Little Background on Kelp…
Kelp is a marine brown algae that is loaded with nutrition (more on that below!). It’s similar to nori, which is what sushi is traditionally wrapped in, but is used much differently. If the thought of you or your livestock eating sushi or seaweed grosses you out, then I have to warn you: you’re probably consuming kelp in one form or another on a regular basis!
Algin, an emulsifying and bonding agent, is extracted from kelp and is commonly used to make:
- Dairy products
- Frozen foods
- Salad dressings
- Store-bought cakes & baked goods
- And even pharmaceuticals
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), each year 100,000 – 170,000 wet tons of kelp is harvested from California waters alone. It’s mind-blowing to think that we can use almost 3 million cubic feet from America’s West Coast underwater kelp forests!… [Continue Reading]