Kelp noodles

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Kelp noodles
Kelp Noodle.jpg
Place of originJapan, China , Korea
Main ingredientsAlginic acid from kelp
Food energy
(per 4 ounces (110 g) serving)
kcal (25 kJ)[1]
Nutritional value
(per 4 ounces (110 g) serving)

Kelp noodles, are semi-transparent noodles made from the jelly-like extract left after steaming edible kelp. They are made without the addition of grain flour or starch.[2] Kelp Noodles have a chewy texture and are low in calories.[3] They can be eaten raw, but for added taste, some prefer to cook them in water with spices added for flavoring.[citation needed]

Kelp features in the diets of many civilizations, including Chinese, Greek, and Iceland, however, the largest consumers of kelp are the Japanese, who have incorporated kelp and seaweed into their diets for over 1,500 years.[4]


Kelp noodles are cholesterol, fat, gluten-free and also rich in nutrients.[5] A 1/2 cup serving includes 186 milligrams of sodium, 134 milligrams of calcium, 2.28 milligrams of iron, and 52.8 micrograms of vitamin K. [6] They are a good dietary source of iodine. Consumers with thyroid and heart disease should take the sodium and iodine content into account.Template:Citation neaded


Kelp noodles are mostly prepared in various Asian cuisine as a low-carbohydrate substitute for rice and pasta.[7] They are commonly used in soups, salads, stir-fries and vegetable side dishes. Since they have a neutral taste they take on the flavors of the dishes to which they are added. The noodles can be purchased online or in health food supermarkets, and restaurants are beginning to offer kelp noodles as an alternative to more traditional noodles or rice in their dishes.[citation needed]

Potential economic impact[edit]

The popularity of kelp noodles among health-conscious consumers is growing because of the rising demand for gluten-free food products.[8]


  1. ^ Fogoros, Richard N. "What Are Systolic and Diastolic Blood Pressures?". Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  2. ^ Wong, Cathy. "Kelp Noodles: What You Need to Know About Kelp Noodles". About Health. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  3. ^ 천사채 (in Korean). Doosan Encyclopedia.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Wurges, Jennifer; Frey, Rebecca. "Kelp". Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine. The Gale Group, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  5. ^ Amerman, Don. "Nutritionally What Is Kelp Good For?". SFGate. Demand Media. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  6. ^ Billings-Smith, Lana. "What Are the Health Benefits of Kelp Noodles?". Livestrong. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  7. ^ Paleo-inspired kelp noodle recipes, Feb 9, 2011. Retrieved Mar 20, 2015,
  8. ^ Gluten-Free Market Trends, Jan 1, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2015.

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