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9 Incredible Uses For Seaweed (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 06/14/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:05 PM ET

Seaweed is a term used to refer to a wide array of marine algae. For ages, human civilizations all across the globe have used seaweed for everything from sustenance to agriculture. With modern science, the uses of seaweed have only multiplied, and is another reminder as to the importance of protecting our oceans and the vast valuable resources they are home to.

Have a look at 9 of the most fascinating uses for seaweed, and vote for your favorite!

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It’s very likely that you eat seaweed on a regular basis without even knowing it! Alginate, carrageenan, and agar are extracted from seaweed and used in a wide variety of food products for many different purposes. Seaweed keeps ice cream smooth and creamy by preventing ice crystals from forming when freezing, and actually slows down the speed at which ice cream melts. It is used in beers for a more stable and lasting foam, and in wines to help clarify the color. It is also used to thicken and stabilize everything from sauces, syrups, and soups to mayonnaise, salad dressings, and yogurt.
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