Sea kelp is a category of seaweed that grows in abundance along rocky coastlines and salt water. Kelp, typically brown in color and of the seaweed family, is the largest in size. Due to its large size, the algae require nutrient-rich waters to grow.
This means the algae requires waters with movement to ensure a continuous supply of nutrients. This differs from some of the other seaweeds as they are capable to grow in almost any environment including freshwater environments.
Kelp has a high nutritional value that packs it with many health benefits. Sea kelp is a common ingredient in eastern dishes. The algae can be use in salads, soups, and can even be turned into a low carbohydrate noodle. Due to its health benefits, its popularity is rising in Western populations. Let’s go over some of its benefits.
Kelp Benefit #1: Decreased Methane Gas Emissions
From production of meat to milk, cows feed a large population of people. Despite our large reliance on cows, they are one of the largest producers of methane. Too much methane is not good for our environment. The greenhouse gas traps heat in the ozone layer contributing to global warming. It is also important to note, methane is 21 times more potent at trapping heat from the sun than carbon dioxide, making it a deadly contributor to climate issues.
This is where kelp comes into play. Cows produce methane through their farts. Research has tested numerous different cow feeds that would decrease gas produced from the cows. Current research has shown, with just adding 2% of kelp into the cow feed, methane emissions could reduce methane emissions by 99%. This is huge for farmers who are now being required to find ways to decrease methane production on their farms or face being shut down.