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Iodine in whole sprats

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 30, 2012 at 12:34 PM

So we moved to Warsaw, Poland about a month ago from Rhode Island and so far, eating paleo has been pretty easy here. My only issue is I'm having a hard time locating any kelp affordably and that used to be my iodine source (kombu added to broth or boiling water as a tea.)

I recently discovered smoke sprats. These aren't the canned ones in oil. They are gutted whole sardines with the heads still on. Does anyone have any idea if this is a decent source of iodine? Either way, they are freaking delicious, but I'm wondering if I really need to pony up the dough for their overpriced kombu or if this will do. I like to eat maybe 5-8 sprats with some veggies or a glass of kefir.

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on October 02, 2012
at 07:47 AM

My husband is working here. We're really enjoying it so far. First week was kind of scary but we're getting settled. Only thing I wonder in those studies is whether they are including the heads in their research. Most people only eat the meat of larger fish like herring (except crazy paleo peeps and Japanese :-) so I wonder if the data would be different if they explicitly include the heads.

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on September 30, 2012
at 12:37 PM

I'm a breastfeeding female in my late twenties (ie I have higher iodine needs than a 19 year old guy) and I try to avoid refined iodized salt in lieu of unrefined sea salt if anyone needs that additional info.

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on October 02, 2012
at 04:17 AM

What prompted your move to Warsaw (I am half-Polish)?

I'm guessing the sprats are Baltic? This study show a slight increase in the iodine content of herring when smoked, but total iodine is still quite low. I can find nothing on sprats or sardines.

Being pregnant I would hedge my bets, buy the kelp and continue looking for a cheap source. But man, those sprats look good.

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at 07:47 AM

My husband is working here. We're really enjoying it so far. First week was kind of scary but we're getting settled. Only thing I wonder in those studies is whether they are including the heads in their research. Most people only eat the meat of larger fish like herring (except crazy paleo peeps and Japanese :-) so I wonder if the data would be different if they explicitly include the heads.

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