However, do not take this topic too lightly. As of now, mental retardation caused by iodine deficiency is one of the most preventable mental illnesses in the world. So if you have a kid and if you love him or her, you must start listening and memorizing what I am going to tell you.
Food With Iodine Can Be Found Almost Everywhere
Iodine can be found in almost every food that you eat. Though, the amount may vary. As of now, there are no standards are established yet for the amounts of iodine in every food. So what I can provide you here are just estimates.
Food With Iodine Samples
Here are some foods that are known to have loads of iodine on them. Most of them can be found in your regular convenience stores and markets.
- 1 large boiled egg – 8% DV – 12 micrograms
- 3 ounces of canned tuna – 11% DV – 17 micrograms
- 1/2 cup of cooked navy beans – 21% DV – 32 micrograms
- 3 ounces of baked turkey breasts – 23% DV – 34 micrograms
- 2 fish sticks – 23% DV – 35 micrograms
- 3 ounces of shrimp – 23% DV – 35 micrograms
- 1 cup of milk – 37% DV – 56 micrograms
- 1 medium baked potato – 40% DV – 60 micrograms
- 1 gram fortified iodized salt – 51% DV – 77 micrograms
- 3 ounces of cod – 66% DV – 99 micrograms
- 1/4 ounce of seaweed – 3000% DV – 4,500 micrograms
You got many selections of food for you and your kids’ iodine supply. Anyway, you will need at least 150 micrograms of iodine per day. As for your kid, 100 to 130 micrograms can be enough for him.
On another note, if you do not eat anything of those foodstuffs, I have a suggestion for you. You can consume iodine supplements or multivitamins. They are sufficient to supply you with the iodine you need.
Though, you might need to train your kid to eat at least a few of those foods mentioned above. Supplement dependency is a hassle your kid must no experience.
Prevent Over Consumption Of Iodine
That list is not only for you to calculate how much iodine you need, but it is also a guide you can use to prevent too much consumption of iodine. To be honest, consuming too much of that stuff is very irritating pal. Once you exceed a thousand micrograms of iodine, expect that you will curse heaven and hell.
Effects Of Iodine Over Consumption
A few irritations that may happen to you are stomachache, vomiting, nausea, burning sensations in the mouth, and irritating itch in the throat. And if you have gone overboard, comatose might even become a blessing in disguise.
There you go. I hope that my discussion has helped you learn a thing or two about iodine. You can print the list of foods rich with iodine if you want. If you have already printed it, never forget to review that list of foods with iodine every day.