Iodine deficiency is a silent epidemic. Iodine is typically found in iodized table salt and vegetables of the sea. In American culture, we have reduced our use of table salt and eat almost without sea vegetables. As a result, there are an alarming number of Americans unknowingly suffer from iodine deficiency.
Iodine is essential for life and especially crucial for brain development in children. It also plays a central role in the healthy function of the thyroid gland.
The addition of sea vegetables in your diet is a great way to increase iodine intake without increasing your sodium intake. In our house, I sprinkle dulse granules in many of the meals to ensure we are getting an adequate intake of iodine. Kombu also use to cook beans or grains.
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