I like Kosher salt for, but I don't have any at the moment. I generally avoid regular table salt because I figure there is more than enough of sodium and iodine in the food I eat anyway, and Kosher salt is easier to control the flavor of salt in food. I know supposedly iodine was added so people living far from the coast would stop getting goiters during the times without reliable refrigeration (seafood was considered the only source of iodine), but this just seems like policy politics and industrial waste cover-up like flouride.
Is regular table salt an actual decent source of iodine, or should i avoid it like plague. Also, after having used kosher salt for years in stead of industrial salt, should I consider iodine supplementation in months that don't have an "R" in them?
And before anyone says I should be using Tibetan time travelling salt from the steppes of Russia or Dead Sea salt from Turkmenistan, I am very far away from a health food store, on a budget, and have limited times to travel. I also prefer using kosher salt over sea salt if I can.
Thanks in advance!
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on January 31, 2012
at 07:40 AM
"Once the container is exposed to air, iodine content is nearly gone within four weeks after opening (even faster under conditions of high humidity)."
So it's probably not enough to rely solely on salt for iodine.
on April 27, 2011
at 05:16 AM
Adding KI (potassium iodide) to table salt was a legitimate public health policy.
As to whether you need/should be using iodized table salt as a source of iodine, you about answer the question yourself. It depends on your diet and your other sources of iodine. If you consume lots of milk and sea food, you probably don't need it. If your only sources of iodine are muscle cuts from the mid-west, you might have a problem.
FWIW, the Japanese, renowned for their health and longevity consume on average about 10x as much iodine as the US RDA.
on August 11, 2012
at 02:53 AM
China is the first country to be aware of problems caused by spiking there salt supply with iodine. Excess iodine can cause hyperthyroidism. Its like anything, you want a just right amount, not too much or too little.
Theres lots of iodine in seafood, dairy, eggs. Stuff is everywhere. Theres even a decent amount of iodine in meats & veggies (although even eating a nutrient dense paleo diet, you still might be under the RDA officially without roughly one egg per day, youll still get at minimum around 80-100mcgs). One egg has 25-50mcgs. 100grams of carrots has 20mcgs. Meat has between 10mcgs and 25mcgs per 100grams depending on the meat and how it is raised.
Either way if you eat fish, shellfish, dairy or eggs with any kind of regularity youll be making the rda on paleo. Even if you dont, you still be getting close.
So I kinda doubt that youll develop a goiter or go hypo eating paleo. And I doubt that anyone who eats a varied nutritous diet needs iodised salt.
I am currently delibrately restricting iodine, because my thyroid is overactive ATM. I eat meat, veg, fruit and nuts, and i am still getting 80-100mcgs per day. If I added in one egg and a bit of bacon, or one fish meal a week, or the odd bit of aged cheese etc id be at the RDA easy.
FYI, theres 400mcg of iodine per teaspoon of iodised salt. the RDA is 150. Iodised salt is mostly for people who dont eat right.
on August 11, 2012
at 02:17 AM
Get an iodine supplement or consume sea vegetables (seaweed) regularly. Table salt is a poison. Sea salt and rock salt is how humans were meant to consume salt. Sea salt and rock salt is a conglomeration of various chloride minerals, unlike table salt which is pretty much just a chemical.
on June 08, 2013
at 10:09 PM
i live in rio de janeiro and the only sea salt i can find is iodized, only one brand of regular table salt was without any iodine. i eat a paleo diet and get more than enough iodine through my food, which salt should i go for? does the sea salt out do the table salt even though i might be getting to much iodine?
on August 11, 2012
at 01:34 AM
Try Lugols solution or Isodora first and perhaps a GOOD quality Kelp tablet 2nd after checking to see about arsneic levels. I purchase kep tabs from Puritan pride which have a 150mg of iodine per tablet. I take (2) a day. Dan
on May 11, 2011
at 10:10 PM
I got kelp tablets for supplementing iodine. My recollection on iodized salt is that it isn't the best for supplementing iodine. However, enough people eat enough items with iodized salt to get enough iodine to NOT suffer from deficiencies (which is why they did it).