I am trying to determine if I should seek supplemental sources of iodine in my diet (and my family's diet). Overall I rely on kosher salt in my cooking, which as I understand it, does not have iodine. However, we all regularly consume salted Kerrygold butter, though I have no idea whether this contains iodine.
Otherwise, our diet often contains organic whole milk yogurt, organic whole cow's milk, organic eggs, fish of various types, strawberries and mozzarella cheese.
I'm not opposed to adding kelp type sources to my diet, but would probably only consciously do so if I had reason to believe I was iodine deficient.
Yes, if you stop consuming iodine-containing salt then you can very easily fail to consume healthy amounts of iodine. Consciously add some sea vegetables into your diet. Thats what I do: sprinkly kelp bits on salads, use nori sheets in roll-ups, etc.
Currently I have been adding 1/4 tsp. PWO of iodized salt sourced from France. I can detect physiological shifts(moods, energy, metabolism). I have also heard that sea salt tends to initiate the excretion of nutrients and was wondering if you might know about this? I believe the source was S.Fallon?
You can get packages of roasted seaweed sheets at Trader Joe's, we put them in our kids' lunches, and they are a delicious snack.
I think it is a good idea to intentionally have some iodine in a form like this every now and then if you're going to intentionally stay off of the beaten nutritional path. It wasn't that long ago (< 100 years) that goiter and thyroid deficiency due to low iodine was a common ailment. Iodine was added to table salt in 1924 which basically fixed that problem, but that only works if you eat conventional table salt regularly. I prefer high mineral salts (Celtic sea salt and Himalayan pink salt) which are not iodized.
So what the consensus? Is it needed or not? I'm starting to think thats the reason I can lose this little bit a fat I have left. My doctor recommended an iodine supplement because my thyroid level was a bit low
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