On RealAge.com, http://www.realage.com/tips/roasted-seaweed-snacks-fat-blockers?eid=1098930009&memberid=12259079 there is an article about eating seaweed helping to block the absorption of fat. Now I won’t take fad drugs or weight loss drugs that claim the same thing, but eating seaweed to block fat — that doesn’t sound like a bad thing.
So, excited about this idea, I went to the Asian market down the street to find toasted nori. There were two problems with this plan: 1) I don’t read Japanese or Chinese and most of the products in the store had very little English on them. 2) I have no idea what toasted nori looks like or where it would be.
I walked around the store for a while — totally conspicuous as the only non-Asian person there. I looked in the snack aisle (I think it was the snack aisle), I looked at cookies, crackers and other treats, then I saw tons of different types of noodles, there were lots of packages of green stuff that could have been seaweed, but the only nori I found was a jar of shreded seaweed that might be for cooking. I bought it.
After getting it home I popped a big handful of shreds into my mouth. The texture wasn’t bad, but the taste — fishy! I don’t think this is the “snack” I was looking for.
I’m not giving up. I’ll try again and next time I will ask. In the meantime, I might try putting the seaweed I have into a soup — a fish-based soup.