Somehow iodine, iodine, iodine has become the topic du jour around the lunch table at work. No big mystery as one of our friends is having a thyroid issue, which then created a sudden interest eating foods rich in iodine – the trace mineral essential in thyroid function. (And of course it’s touted as the first line of defense against the nuclear radiation fall out) Since, we don’t want to accidentally OD by taking tablets, like some people do. We set out to find the best dietary sources.
Duh! turns out iodized salt is a pretty easy thing to do… thanks Joseph A. Case for your detail-rich article.
And as it turns out seafood is naturally rich in iodine, including; cod, sea bass, haddock and perch. Kelp (one serving of kelp offers 4 times more than a daily minimum requirement) is the most common iodine-rich green source, while dairy products and plants grown in iodine-rich soil can provide a bit of this nutrient … we digress.
Keep it simple by snacking on it! While those Trader Joe’s seaweed snacks are pretty good – if you can find Seasnax dried seaweed (Whole Foods, some health food stores, online) … these seem to score a bit higher w/ the online health brigade because they use olive oil -not canola oil in the process. And according to their website, on average, 15 micrograms of iodine can be found in a full sheet of nori.
Just not into food from the sea? Here is a chart from The World’s Healthiest Foods on what they consider to be great sources of iodine.
Did we miss your favorite iodine-rich snack or meal? Please share in our comments.