Sea Moss As A Vegan Alternative to Gelatin

Gelatin Is Old News!

Gelatin is a protein that is derived from animal collagen and serves as a staple ingredient in various food products and recipes that are characteristic of our kitchen. But there is a little problem when it comes to consuming gelatin. Vegetarians cannot consume gelatin since ian t has an animal origin. That is where sea moss enters the game and offers a promising solution to the vegetarian population. This alga is fast becoming a popular pick for vegans doing shopping in supermarkets worldwide. In this brief, we are going to look at the reasons why gelatin has been replaced by sea moss in the vegan community in such a short time.


Sea Moss Period Is Here! 

Perhaps, the primary reason why sea moss has overtaken gelatin in terms of popularity in the vegan community is its natural gelling properties. If you are a novice to sea moss, we recommend you soak and blend the sea moss. You will see what a beautiful gel-like substance it produces. This gel-like substance, dubbed sea moss gel, has a texture and consistency that is almost similar to gelatin. Furthermore, this gel is naturally enriched in carrageenan. It is a type of soluble fiber that is found in many seaweeds, including sea moss. Now, the mention of carrageenan is important in this discussion because it can act as a natural stabilizer and thickener. Hence, it becomes an ideal substitute for gelatin in various recipes. The smooth and creamy texture that is often a characteristic feature of puddings, jellies, and mousses is possible to create sea moss gel as well. Hence, it finds a place in vegan cakes, gummies as well as certain other confectionery products.


Another reason why sea moss appears as the potential alternative to gelatin is its rich nutrient profile. Gelatin doesn't have the essential vitamins and minerals that sea moss is enriched with. Here, we are talking about iodine, magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, and zinc, as well as a plethora of vitamins such as vitamins A, E, and B complex, and a few others. So, you see that by incorporating sea moss into our daily life recipes, we certainly stand to benefit a lot!


Oh, and there is an environmental aspect to all this too. You see, sea moss is obtained from the ocean, thereby making it a renewable resource that is exempt from the requirements of deforestation or land utilization. Furthermore, its cultivation has little to zero impact on the environment as well!  


Now all that is left for you to do is purchase premium quality sea moss. And Herbal Vineyards is one such place where you will find premium quality sea moss! 


References

Lozano Muñoz I, Díaz NF. Minerals in edible seaweed: health benefits and food safety issues. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2022;62(6):1592-1607. Available at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33203217/

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