04/09/2015 02:08 EDT | Updated 04/09/2015 02:59 EDT

Seaweed Benefits: 10 Reasons To Add Seaweed To Your Diet

Boris Ryzhkov

Algae: it doesn't sound appetizing but it really is. After all, that's exactly what seaweed is!

The jelly-like sea plant comes in a wide range of colours and shapes, but one thing remains consistent: all forms of seaweed pack a nutritional punch with serious health benefits.

Seaweed has been a part of the Japanese diet for centuries but only now, thanks to the growing popularity of sushi, it's also being seen as a low-calorie comfort snack too.

But if you've only ever consumed seaweed wrapped around a sushi roll, you're seriously missing out. Seaweed is a stabilizer and thickener, making it a great addition to soups, smoothies, puddings, pies and syrups. Just be sure you're using Agar instead of Nori.

And seaweed doesn't just taste great. Dermatologists also praise the plant for its positive effects on skin. Seaweed is often found in anti-aging creams and anti-cellulite serums.

Below are 10 reasons to add some seaweed to your diet and not just as a part of your favourite sushi roll.

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