Kelp or Kombu, Granulated

Kelp or kombu (Japanese) is a sea vegetable

Kelp or Kombu, Granulated

Kelp or Kombu, Granulated

Kelp or kombu (Japanese) is a sea vegetable. We mostly use granulated kelp on our salads for both flavor, and to add some iodine (an essential mineral) to our diet, which is needed to give us good thyroid function and health. It can also be added to soups and stir-fry recipes. Kelp or kombu is an important part of Japanese cuisine. To make the granulated kelp, the freshly harvested kelp is dried and coarsely ground.  According to Wikipedia, kelps are large seaweeds (algae) belonging to the brown algae (Phaeophyceae) in the order Laminariales. There are about 30 different genera. In the nutritional information below, there is no listing for iodine, but the package indicated that a 1/4 teaspoon of kelp granules contains 389 mcg of iodine or 250% of the adult minimum requirement, which means that a 1/8 tsp. would provide the minimum requirement.

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Seaweed, kelp, raw

Nutrient Unit
Value per 100.0g

tbsp (1/8 cup) 
Water g 81.58 8.16
Energy kcal 43 4
Protein g 1.68 0.17
Total lipid (fat) g 0.56 0.06
Carbohydrate, by difference g 9.57 0.96
Fiber, total dietary g 1.3 0.1
Sugars, total g 0.60 0.06
Calcium, Ca mg 168 17
Iron, Fe mg 2.85 0.28
Magnesium, Mg mg 121 12
Phosphorus, P mg 42 4
Potassium, K mg 89 9
Sodium, Na mg 233 23
Zinc, Zn mg 1.23 0.12
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid mg 3.0 0.3
Thiamin mg 0.050 0.005
Riboflavin mg 0.150 0.015
Niacin mg 0.470 0.047
Vitamin B-6 mg 0.002 0.000
Folate, DFE µg 180 18
Vitamin B-12 µg 0.00 0.00
Vitamin A, RAE µg 6 1
Vitamin A, IU IU 116 12
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) mg 0.87 0.09
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) µg 0.0 0.0
Vitamin D IU 0 0
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) µg 66.0 6.6
Fatty acids, total saturated g 0.247 0.025
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated g 0.098 0.010
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated g 0.047 0.005
Cholesterol mg 0 0
Caffeine mg 0 0

National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference – Release 25

About Kimberly Hosler

An ethical vegan since June 2007, Kimberly is a NYS licensed Massage Therapist & a Director at All-Creatures. She serves as the current VP of the Albany Vegan Network and is the Founder & President of the Albany Vegan Lady Gang. She also enjoys volunteering at local Farm Sanctuaries. She lives in Upstate NY with her two kitties and senior blind yorkie and she also has two grown human children.


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