Just last week, news broke about the importance of iodine during pregnancy. At the heart of the research is this: Kids of mothers with iodine deficiency in early pregnancy scored an average of 6 points lower on verbal and reading IQ tests at age 8.
Naturally, this new info got me thinking about foods that are rich in iodine. And, truth be told, I discovered that I knew very little about any iodine-rich foods. Sure, I knew table salt is “fortified” with iodine, but no one wants to up their sodium intake during pregnancy (swollen feet are a concern of their own without adding to the problem).
So I did a little looking. And I discovered some super yummy foods that are actually great sources of iodine. These are just some of my favorites. Eat ’em up, ladies!
- Shrimp: 23% of Daily Value (DV) per 3 ounces
- Baked Potato: 40% DV per medium potato
- Turkey Breast: 23% DV per 3 ounces
- Strawberries: 140% DV per 1 cup
- Cheddar Cheese: up to 23 mcg per 1 ounce
- Cranberries: 400 mcg per 4 ounces
- Navy Beans: 21% DV per half cup
- Seaweed Salad: 3000% DV per 1/2 ounce
Don’t care for any of these? Be sure to check out the source links for even more options for iodine rich foods!
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