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Do you put table salt on your food for iodine purposes?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 11, 2012 at 8:47 PM

I've had on and off symptoms of thyroid problems in the past...wondering if table salt might help.

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on August 13, 2012
at 08:23 PM

"Eggs have lots of iodine (25-50mcg per 100 grams)." Doesn't this vary based on whether or not the producing chickens were fed iodine and how much?

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on August 13, 2012
at 05:26 PM

The RDA is designed to just stop goitre. The Japanese, for example, get ~10mg (not ug) daily, and this is one reason why their cancer rate is much lower.

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on August 13, 2012
at 03:37 PM

I disagree you you shouldn't go higher. I've taken 12.5mg a day Iodoral tables for extended periods without ill effects. It's going to depend on the person, and as you pointed out, selenium intake.

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on August 13, 2012
at 09:54 AM

^ Wrong. One teaspoon of tablesalt provides 400mcg of iodine, and the rda is only 150.

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on August 12, 2012
at 02:05 AM

How do you know that is so low? The salt from Morton's iodized salt says the content is 45% in 1/4 tsp. That is a good amount coming from just one source, not to mention the naturally occurring salts in our other food. How much iodine do we really need?

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B8592e62f9804ddabae73c1103d6bcb9

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on August 11, 2012
at 08:59 PM

The amount of iodine in iodised salt is VERY low, only enough to stop goitre. If you're having thyroid problems and want to increase iodine go for Lugol's Solution or iodoral.

C0c839648b31512515daaffe8e4e9ad1

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on August 12, 2012
at 02:05 AM

How do you know that is so low? The salt from Morton's iodized salt says the content is 45% in 1/4 tsp. That is a good amount coming from just one source, not to mention the naturally occurring salts in our other food. How much iodine do we really need?

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on August 13, 2012
at 09:54 AM

^ Wrong. One teaspoon of tablesalt provides 400mcg of iodine, and the rda is only 150.

B8592e62f9804ddabae73c1103d6bcb9

(1956)

on August 13, 2012
at 05:26 PM

The RDA is designed to just stop goitre. The Japanese, for example, get ~10mg (not ug) daily, and this is one reason why their cancer rate is much lower.

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on August 11, 2012
at 09:33 PM

I put salt on my food for sodium purposes, which you might consider as it might help with thyroid problems.

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on August 13, 2012
at 10:11 AM

Eggs have lots of iodine (25-50mcg per 100 grams). Cheddar cheese has about 25mcg per 100 grams. You dont even really need seafood to get sufficient iodine, and too much iodine can cause hyperthyroidism (as I have discovered). Your thyroid doesnt really like overloads of iodine IMO.

If I wanted to boost my metabolism from hypo, id do this:

Eat a high meat diet (lots of zinc and fat) Eat a few eggs a day to keep my iodine up (Probably 1-3 would be sufficient) Eat about 1 brazil nut a day to keep my selenium up Use coconut oil/palm oil for all my cooking (boosts metabolism by around 20%) Use lower carb paleo Exercise

Thats pretty much what made me hyperthyroid, plus way too much iodine via salt and foods. (I was probably getting 900mcgs on some days, and I was doing 5 eggs a day instead of 1-3 plus loads of cheddar cheese, and lots of iodised salt)

The rda is 150mcg. Id suggest that its not a good idea to load iodine to a much higher level. Your body is a balance. Instead us a low carb high meat paleo diet with coconut oil to boost your metabolism up, and support your thyroid with giving it its daily requirements - zinc, selenium, iodine, b vitamins (from meat) and do some exercise.

If my experience is anything to go by, that should do the trick.

Iodised salt has way too much iodine in it. Its designed so that if someone has as little as 1/3 of a teaspoon in some other products like bread, or a packeted ingredient, they still get there RDA. Presumably these people survive on sweetened cardboard because you its damn hard to eat a varied whole food diet without getting enough of everything you need.

There are plenty of healthy whole foods with iodine in them. Seafood being the obvious one, but theres plenty of "land foods" like dairy and eggs which are also high. If your wanted to megadose iodine, seaweed is the one. Its super high. But id advise against megadosing. Just make sure you get your rda, and the other supporting minerals. Lots of people switch from hyper to hypo or vice versa because the thyroid is very sensitive. Hyper is really not pleasent. (anxiety, heat intolerance, a feeling of overwhelming dread and serious heart palpitations)

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

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on August 13, 2012
at 03:37 PM

I disagree you you shouldn't go higher. I've taken 12.5mg a day Iodoral tables for extended periods without ill effects. It's going to depend on the person, and as you pointed out, selenium intake.

8de9776490016df60d49e03f23d656af

(596)

on August 13, 2012
at 08:23 PM

"Eggs have lots of iodine (25-50mcg per 100 grams)." Doesn't this vary based on whether or not the producing chickens were fed iodine and how much?

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C0c839648b31512515daaffe8e4e9ad1

on August 12, 2012
at 02:03 AM

I take table salt for thyroid issues. I don't know if it does any good. I had a very low salt intake as a child, so I figure adding some now can't hurt. I am going over to stopthethyroidmadness website tomorrow to read more on that. I think that is supposed to help a lot. I have only gotten tested for thyroid once (still new to this) and have only upped my salt intake since then, and have eaten one brazil nut (just bought them today). I'd like to know the answer as well.

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