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Jamie Oliver using seaweed instead of salt

The secret to slimline Jamie Oliver’s weight loss: Chef says seaweed and sleep helped him shed pounds ahead of his 40th birthday

Grow herbs. Get herbs. Use herbs. Have them instead of salt. In processed food there’s a load of salt, but in fresh cooking you can replace it with herbs for seasoning.

He added: ‘I thought seaweed was hippy, globe trotting stuff but our ancestors ate seaweed. It’s got a load of iodine and it’s the most nutritious vegetable in the world. I’m saying lose it in a minestrone because that stuff is really, really good for you. It’s like dynamite – fibre, nutrients, all the minerals, aids digestion – unbelievable.

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