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Wednesday, 03 June 2015
A survey by the University of Glasgow found that, although the vast majority of British women were aware of general nutritional recommendations during pregnancy, 84% of women were unaware of the importance of iodine during pregnancy. Furthermore, over half of women were unable to identify iodine rich foods. The study, recently published in the British Journal of Nutrition, surveyed 1,026 women who were pregnant or mothers of children aged up to three years. The study found three quarters were consuming less than the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended intake of 250 micrograms daily with the median intake of iodine during pregnancy just 190 micrograms. In the UK as a whole, the levels of iodine insufficiency are worse than those of South Sudan.
This research points to concerns as to whether iodine should be additionally complemented with food supplements or somehow fortified in food. Iodine-fortified salt is common in many EU countries, but using salt as the delivery method has raised concerns in the UK since it is perceived to clash with public health messaging around reducing salt intake to combat high blood pressure. Sona Kelp provides 150 microgram of iodine per tablet, which is 100% of the EC RDA. See below the link to a newspaper article, and a link to the abstract of the journal article;
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