Some of our Mom Ambassadors are currently sampling Annie Chun’s Roasted Seaweed Snacks. Last week, many of them—and tons of other enthusiastic Moms Meet members–hopped onto our Facebook page for the first ever Moms Meet Facebook party, where we held a Q&A session with Annie Chun’s about their Roasted Seaweed Snacks and the health benefits of seaweed. Everyone learned something new, and five lucky attendees also won a $25 Target gift card and a gift basket full of Annie Chun’s goodies. In case you missed the event, here’s a recap!
Nicky G.: Is there an actual Annie Chun?
Annie Chun’s: Yes, Annie and her husband founded the company about 20 years ago with $500 and a passion to make all-natural Asian food accessible to all Americans. She actually started by selling her homemade sauces at the local farmer’s market.
Laura D.: Can you describe the taste and texture of your seaweed?
Annie Chun’s: Our Seaweed Snacks are made from a thin type of seaweed that is dried and then roasted to give it as crispy finish. During the roasting process, a dash of salt and sesame oil are added to give it flavor and the right texture. So, the flavor is lightly salted with a delicious sesame flavor. Texture is very light and crispy but melts in your mouth.
Charity T.: What type of seaweed do you use for your snacks?
Annie Chun’s: We use a specific type of thin, light Korean seaweed that is especially farmed for this product in the Jeollanam-do (South Jeolla) province in the southwest of South Korea. South Jeolla is well known for its quality seaweed.
Vanessa Y.: What other food or snack would make a good pair with Annie Chun’s Roasted Seaweed Snacks?
Annie Chun’s: Annie Chun’s Seaweed Snacks are a delicious, light and yummy and is great alone but also makes a great sidekick to a glass of beer. The savory goodness is addictive. If you want to eat it with something, we would suggest rice. In Korea, this type of roasted seaweed is traditionally wrapped around a bit of white rice and eaten together as a heartier snack.
Katie K.: How do you eat this snack? By itself? With a dip? Any other serving suggestion?
Annie Chun’s: Our seaweed snacks can be eaten by itself as a snack like a potato chip or paired with meals. Traditionally, they are eaten with some rice and Korean side dishes. The saltiness really adds depth and complexity to the rice. But otherwise, just have fun popping them like you would a chip.
Pamela R.: Can your seaweed snacks be used in cooking? If not, how can I incorporate regular seaweed into my cooking?
Annie Chun’s: Yes, you can use it in your cooking. We think it is best when crumbled and used as a topping to add flavor to soup, salads, over rice, or over your tuna tartare. Great anywhere you want to add a bit of flavor/savoriness!
Alea S.: What tips or recipes do you have to get kids more willing and excited to try the seaweed snacks?
Annie Chun’s: We’ve actually heard from many parents that their children (even young toddlers) love our seaweed snacks and are always asking for them. I have 2 young children ages 3 and 6 who are always fighting over the seaweed snacks. I think the key is to try to get them to try one! One idea is to call it a “seaweed chip” since that helps them relate it to something familiar.
Deahna R.: Are your snacks safe for older babies to eat?
Annie Chun’s: Yes, an older baby who is a pro at eating solids. Our seaweed snacks are free of wheat/gluten and are vegan and are not likely to cause any sort of allergic reaction for a baby. The texture also melts in your mouth so is not likely to cause choking either but can be a bit sticky in the mouth so only give to your baby if they comfortable with different solids and textures.
Allison S.: As a mother on the go, how do these snacks last in extreme weather when left in the car as a healthy snack to have on hand?
Annie Chun’s: Our seaweed snacks are sealed for freshness and will remain that way as long as you consume it by the “best by” date on the packaging. As long as it’s not opened, the seaweed snack will retain its flavor and texture. However, because it is so thin, once you open the package, the seaweed should be eaten within 10 minutes or so to retain its crispiness. So yummy that shouldn’t be a problem.
Bing Y.: What makes Annie Chun’s the best choice for a consumer shopping for seaweed snacks?
Annie Chun’s: Our brand stands for all-natural and stuff that you would feel good about giving to your family and our seaweed does not contain any preservatives or additives. We also do not contain any MSG in our product. In addition, our manufacturing plant and process has higher standards for the seaweed quality than what is required by law. We really do stand behind a solid product.
Shelly M.: Do you have plans to release any other flavors?
Annie Chun’s: Yes in the near future there will be more flavors available. We are always actively working on making really great flavors and are busy doing that as we speak. If you have suggestions for flavors you’d like to see, please let us know.
Jodie R.: What are the health benefits of seaweed?
Annie Chun’s: Seaweed is a excellent source of Vitamin A. Also contains many trace minerals like iron, calcium, vitamin K, Vitamin E, Vitaminc C. It’s also just a great healthy snack alternative. It’s low in calories, sodium, and fat yet fun and satisfying to eat.
Kathy: Is seaweed or are your seaweed snacks high in sodium?
Annie Chun’s: No, our sodium amount is relatively low only being 6% (150 mg) of the daily value per serving.
Diana W.: Does seaweed retain all of its nutrition even after it’s been heated or cooked?
Annie Chun’s: Like all other ingredients there will be some loss of nutrients when it has been roasted (or cooked).
Lisa L.: I’ve heard that some seaweed can be very good for immune-related issues. Is that true?
Annie Chun’s: Although there are many health claims and personal antidotes for the health benefits of seaweed, there has not been any official study that has backed up the claims for immune related issues.
Debbie C.: Seaweed is high in iodine. Should people be concerned about getting too much iodine if they eat a lot of seaweed?
Annie Chun’s: iodine is important for the proper functioning of thyroid and iron is important for blood cell function
- 1-3 years: 900 mcg
- 4-8 years: 300 mcg
- 9-13 years: 600 mcg
- 14-18 years: 900 mcg
- 19 years and older: 1,100 mcg
- Pregnant women 14-18 years: 900 mcg
- Pregnant women 19 years and older: 1,100 mcg
- Lactating women 14-18 years: 900 mcg
- Lactating women 19 years and older: 1,100 mcg
Our seaweed snacks contain 0.05 per serving and 1.04 per 100 grams. You would need to eat an excessive amount to reach toxicity levels.
Nancy M.: I just learned that my triglyceride levels are high, which may be associated with my thyroid blood count. Is it true that eating seaweed can help with this?
Annie Chun’s: Our seaweed contains a trace amount of omega-3 fatty acids that have beneficial effects on the heart. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to reduce triglycerides, and high blood pressure. Seaweed is an excellent choice for omega-3 fatty acids for vegans or vegetarians who do not eat fish.
Nicky G.: Where do you grow the seaweed for your foods? Is it harvested from the wild, grown in your own seaweed “farms,” or purchased from independent farmers?
Annie Chun’s: Purchased from independent farmers who grow the seaweed in farms in the Jeollanam-do (South Jeolla) province in the southwest of South Korea. South Jeolla is well known for its quality seaweed.
Liz A.: I know there’s been concerns regarding levels of radiation coming from seaweed in Japan. Is this a concern for Annie Chun’s?
Annie Chun’s: No there is no concern regarding our seaweed snacks. The radiation occurred in Japan and all of our seaweed is from Korea. Ever since the power plant incident precautions and testing have been increased to ensure the safety of exports from South Korea.
C. Wong: How do you prevent pollution or seafood-related chemicals like mercury from infiltrating your seaweed?
Annie Chun’s: The seaweed is grown in farms so it is able to stay separated from chemicals like mercury. The seaweed is also tested for dangerous chemicals before it is processed and roasted.
If you aren’t already sampling Annie Chun’s Roasted Seaweed Snacks with your group, are you interested in trying them now? Check out the other posts, questions, and answers from our party on our Facebook page—and be sure to “like” us to get updates on future parties!