Dulse flakes are a kind of seaweed, and seaweed is absolutely paleo. Vegetables of all sorts should make up a significant portion of any healthy diet, but there’s extra reason to make an effort to include seaweed, even if you don’t live near the ocean.
Eat Nutrient-Dense Foods
Seaweed is one of the most nutritious plants. It comes packed with vitamins and minerals that we just can’t get from other sources in comparable amounts. Iodine is probably the most significant of these nutrients.
The Importance of Iodine
Those of us who make sure to eat fish on a regular basis probably don’t need to worry about our iodine levels, but iodine deficiency has become increasingly widespread, especially in the U.S. Iodine deficiency has been linked to thyroid problems (which causes all sorts of hormone problems) and an increased risk for breast cancer. If you can’t get your hands on quality, wild-caught fish, seaweed is an affordable option.
How to Eat It
Dulse in particular is also high in protein and has kind of a meaty flavor, which lends it to being eaten in a wide variety of ways: sun-dried and raw, fried with butter, baked with cheese, or chopped up in soups, stews, chowders, chili, salads or sandwiches. You can even add it to your paleo bread or pizza dough for extra flavor. Your local grocery store probably has dulse available in flake form, which makes it easy to add to all your favorite dishes.
Mark Sisson has no shortage of reasons and ways to include seafood in your diet. He even has a visual guide so you can tell them apart and feel all smart at your local health food store.