We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

Does Seaweed Make a Good Alternative to Meat?

Margaret Lipman
By
Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Plant-based meat substitutes are becoming an increasingly important part of many people's diets, even among omnivores who also enjoy eating meat from time to time. In 2021, Americans spent $1.4 billion USD on plant-based meat alternatives, with 19% of households consuming products from brands such as Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods.

But while burgers made with soy protein, vegetables, and black beans are now commonplace, seaweed burgers are a newer, yet exciting, concept. Though you might think of seaweed as that slimy green stuff that sticks to you at the beach, the benefits of using nutrient-dense seaweed as a meat alternative are obvious. Since seaweed grows in the ocean, it doesn't use up valuable farmland or require fertilizer that can pollute freshwater sources. It doesn't emit greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as factory farming does, but instead captures carbon and produces oxygen.

AKUA is hoping to put seaweed on the culinary map in the United States. Founded in 2019, the Brooklyn-based company uses sustainably-grown seaweed from aquaculture farms in New England. Their products include kelp jerky containing microalgae and spirulina, and protein-rich Kelp Burgers and Krab Cakes featuring ocean-farmed kelp along with black beans, mushrooms, pea protein, and quinoa.

According to AKUA founder Courtney Boyd Myers, “[Kelp] grows really fast — about a foot per month — which makes it even more efficient than most land-based plants at absorbing carbon dioxide and turning it into its biomass and oxygen. Our ocean is one of the biggest absorbers of carbon dioxide, so kelp forests and kelp farms have a vital role to play in combating climate change and helping deacidify our oceans.”

Stupendous seaweed:

  • Around the world, other companies are getting in on the seaweed action. The excellently-named Dutch Weed Burger relies on soy for the base of its patties but enriches and flavors them with sugar kelp.

  • Umaro Foods, a company based in Berkeley, California that recently appeared on Shark Tank, has developed seaweed bacon which is now appearing on restaurant menus in New York City and San Francisco.

  • Although seaweed is a relatively new addition to many western diets (you're probably most familiar with it as nori, the dried seaweed wrapper for sushi), it has been a staple of East Asian cuisine for centuries. In 2020, South Koreans ate an average of 20.4 pounds (9.25 kg) of seaweed per capita.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Margaret Lipman
By Margaret Lipman
With years of experience as an educator, Margaret Lipman produces thoughtful and informative content across a wide range of topics. Her articles cover essential areas such as finance, parenting, health and wellness, nutrition, educational strategies. Margaret's writing is guided by her passion for enriching the lives of her readers through practical advice and well-researched information.
Discussion Comments
Margaret Lipman
Margaret Lipman
With years of experience as an educator, Margaret Lipman produces thoughtful and informative content across a wide range...
Learn more
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.