View Full Version : Wakame is high in EPA
07-20-2007, 08:53 AM
I looked up wakame on Wikipedia and found this out: it is the highest non-animal source of eicosapentaenoic acid, on a mass-per-energy basis. It has 1 mg/kJ, which means that if all its energy were from fat, 1/27 of the fat would be EPA. The reference is a query to NutritionData. All higher sources are mollusks or fish. Wakame falls between Chinook salmon and European anchovy.
Wakame is in the alaria family (I went to Wikipedia to check that). Alaria is not listed in ND, but I suspect it has a similar EPA content.
07-20-2007, 04:25 PM
HEH you are always talking over my head !
So is this a good thing ?
07-20-2007, 07:24 PM
EPA is one of the essential omega-3 fatty acids that they say we have to get from fish (the other is DHA). One ND serving of wakame is 10 g hydrated. (My serving size for seaweed, other than nori, is 7 grams dry, which is about 56 grams wet depending on the seaweed.) This contains 100 mg fat, of which 13 mg is the listed saturated fats and 18.8 is omega-3. (What most of the fats are, they don't say. They are hiding in the tildes.) So 19% of wakame fat is EPA.
The total energy of a serving is 18.8 kJ, which is 13.4 carbs, 2.1 fat, 2.9 protein.
I bought some wakame this morning. It's labeled "GENKAI Ito WAKAME". I don't understand.
genkai - Lojban: grammatical (having grammar quality, not grammatically correct, which is "gendra")
ito - last name of Judge Lance; Spanish: diminutive suffix
wakame - Japanese: kind of seaweed.
Can someone tell me what it really means?
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