FINDING IODINE

Four Iodine Rich Foods

Every tissue in your body needs iodine, that’s a fact! From your saliva glands to your skin, muscles and brain, your whole body depends on a healthy daily intake of iodine to function at its full capacity.

Iodine is a chemical that is essential for the production of thyroid hormones, which regulate growth and metabolism. And diets with a low iodine intake can lead to serious problems, like mental slowness, high cholesterol, lethargy, depression and goitre.

Here are four food sources your family should eat to make sure they get all the iodine they need.

Baked Potatoes:
Easy to cook and delicious with Blue Band, baked potatoes are a great option for lunch or dinner. Many important dietary essentials such as fibre, vitamins and potassium are contained in the skin, and potatoes offer up 40% of the recommended daily iodine intake.

Milk:
Usually drunk by those looking for additional calcium and Vitamins D, milk is also high in other nutrients, including iodine. Milk can provide up to 37% of the iodine that an average person requires daily.

Canned Tuna:
Tuna canned in oil is higher usually higher in iodine than tuna canned in water, but either option is fine. One can provides about 11% of what the average person needs every day. Whether you use it to make a salad, sandwich or eat it alone, it is a very easy way to get the nutrients you need.

Plain Yoghurt:
One of the healthiest foods a child can eat, plain yoghurt is perfect for breakfast or as a light snack. It is high in calcium, protein and iodine, with just one cup providing 58% of the iodine you need to consume on a daily basis.

Also, any iodized salt brand (e.g Annapurna) and iodized seasoning brand (e.g. Knorr) are good sources of iodine.

Incorporate at least two of these foods into your daily meal plan to make sure your family’s iodine levels keep them healthy and strong.

References:
1: http://bembu.com/iodine-rich-foods
2: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/05/04/iodine-deficiency-affect-childs-brain-function.aspx
3: http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/natural-foods-high-in-iodine.php


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