Kelp jerky is the latest sustainable product in the snack food industry.
It’s made by AKUA, an exciting new food tech start-up developing a line of plant-based products. They are tackling sustainability with the launch of their new kelp-based products.
Most major brand snack foods are notoriously unhealthy for both your body and the planet.
It’s become increasingly clear that we need to significantly improve the sustainability of our food “system.”
This has inspired and motivated many companies and brands into develop exciting new products that are healthful as well as eco-friendly.
Say hello to kelp jerky!
It’s the only high-protein, soy-free vegan jerky on the market!
Thank you, AKUA.
Kelp plays an important role in reducing global warming according to a 2019 study by the experts at Harvard University.
Plus, kelp’s accelerated growth rate naturally removes CO2 from the atmosphere.
In a recent interview with Inhabitat, Courtney Boyd Meyers explained the companies raison d’etre:
“I started the company when I was an adviser to GreenWave, a nonprofit that trains ocean farmers. When I asked the farmers what they truly needed, they answered, ‘We need your help creating a consumer market for kelp.’ So, I started sending out 5-pound bags of frozen kelp to all my chef friends across the U.S.”
“We came up with dozens of cool products and hosted tastings in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. One chef came up with kelp jerky, burgers and sausages — all vegan and made from kelp and mushrooms. That made me think, ‘Wow, what if we could create a line of meat alternative products from one of the most sustainable sources of food on the planet?’ Together with my co-founder Matt Lebo, we set out to launch AKUA and to bring regeneratively grown, kelp-based products into the world.”
Is Kelp Good For You?
Kelp is well-known for its nutrional value.
According to Healthline, kelp is full of “nutrients that can benefit your health and possibly even prevent disease. Already a staple in many Asian cuisines, this type of sea algae is a natural source of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.“
Kelp Jerky is a near perfect vegan jerky snack. It’s bursting with vitamins, minerals, omegas, and antioxidants.
There are two additional but no less significant benefits of eating kelp.
1. It supports your body’s water absorbtion.
2. It’s chock-full of metabilism stimutlating iodine.
Nutritional Info: One bag of Kelp Jerky has 10g of protein, 10g of fiber, and over 100% of your daily needed intake of iodine, Vitamins B1 (1mg) and B2 (2mg) and 80% of your recommended iron intake (14mg). Kelp Jerky is also high in Potassium, Calcium, Vitamin D, and Vitamin C.
AKUA’s Kelp Jerky was recently celebrated as one of Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2019.
The new Kelp Pasta from AKUA is a simple, delicious and nutritious vegan pasta option.
Just to be clear, kelp noodles aren’t really noodles. They may look like noodles but they don’t taste or feel like pasta. Add some sauce and vegetables and it will satisfy most noodle lovers. Plus, it’s super good for you!
The Kelp is ocean farmed right here in the US off the coast of Maine and Rhode Island.
It is sustainably farmed and is never wild harvested.
Kelp is gluten-free by nature and is free of all major allergens.
Nutritional Info: Serving Size: .2-.3oz (dried), Calories Per Serving: 15-20, Total Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0g, Sodium: 40g (2% DV), Total Carbohydrate: 3g (1% DV), Dietary Fiber: 1g (4% DV), Total Sugars: 0g, Protein: 0g
AKUA is clearly dedicated to collaborating with local ocean farming communities to make a positive, sustainable impact.
Traditionally, most of all the kelp in the world was sourced in Asia.
AKUA is a pioneer in utilizing US-based ocean-farmed kelp. More local kelp. More local jobs.
AKUA also strives to reduce their carbon footprint aggresively. As Myers told Inhabitat, their Kelp Jerky product used “40,000 pounds of regeneratively ocean-farmed kelp … and pull[ed] 2,000 pounds — 1 ton — of carbon from the sea. As a comparison, this is the same amount of carbon created by just 300 cheeseburgers. Based on our conservative projections for our Kelp Jerky product alone, by year five, we will be removing 1 million pounds of harmful carbon from our seas each year. With this data in our pocket, we are positioning Kelp Jerky as a ‘carbon negative snack’ and building a brand that raises awareness for the climate crisis, food sustainability and ocean health.“
If you need another reason to admire AKUA they also donate part of their annual profit to GreenWave, an organization dedicated to training next-gen local ocean farmers.
We look forward to more interesting and innovative products from AKUA.
Enjoy the kelp jerky!