If you’re anything like me, you’ll read the title of this article and say, “Great, but what on earth are dulse flakes?”
Don’t worry—you’re not the only one. Dulse is a red seaweed that grows on rocks and shells around Canada, Norway, and Ireland. The whole plant is edible, and most people choose to mince it up and dry it for use as flakes. Some people say it tastes like bacon, and I’m sure the majority of Paleo-ites won’t complain about that!
Why Dulse Is Awesome
- It’s packed with more than your required DV (daily value) of both potassium and iron. Potassium is a big deal; it is what your muscles rely on to contract and move correctly (and let’s not forget that the heart is a muscle). Iron is what enables your blood to carry oxygen around your body.
- Dulse flakes contain half of your required daily protein intake in just 3.5 ounces. That means that you’ll be helping your body repair and build tissue and cells so that it can function well and rejuvenate itself.
- The fatty acids in dulse flakes (scientific name palmaria palmata) have been shown to significantly reduce inflammatory responses in the body. In fact, dulse was the best of all the red seaweeds examined.
- The bioactive compounds in red seaweed like dulse help the body heal from hypertension and reduce oxidative stress. The components of this algae repair vascular and cardiac damage, even if it has occurred gradually over time.
So dulse flakes look like a great addition to any diet, and some researchers have even taken to calling it a potential superfood. That’s all well and good, but how do you even use it?
How to Use Dulse Flakes
- Dulse is a handy way to thicken up stews. Use a spoonful for additional hearty flavor and a less watery base.
- Include dulse flakes in your post-workout meal for a great recovery. You lose lots of minerals when you sweat, but dulse replenishes your magnesium and sodium supplies, supporting not only a great workout recovery but also proper thyroid function.
- Toss a generous helping of dulse flakes onto any salad for a pretty, healthy, and delicious salad topper. Its flavor complements celery, parsley, and Belgian endive. You can also sprinkle it onto your tomatoes for a lovely flavor combo.
- Dulse flakes and tuna are brothers of the sea, so they make a great match. Try shredded tuna mixed with dulse, or sprinkle it onto a wholesome tuna filet and enjoy the deep, hearty flavor it imparts to the fish as it cooks.
Because it’s got tons of valuable nutrients you can tap into through a variety of exciting dishes, dulse flakes are a great addition to the Paleo lifestyle. As always, read your labels to be sure that you’re getting pure dulse. Current reports indicate that dulse supplies are free from major heavy metal toxins, so you can enjoy it without any worries.