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Which seaweed/sea vegetable with iodine is least nasty (most mild)?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 22, 2012 at 7:15 PM

I've been trying different seaweed/sea vegetables for iodine but they are nauseating to me. They smell like rotting fish.

I can handle the smell of liver, seafood (except for the seaweed) and kimchee better (but not kidney)

I can barely swallow the kelp iodine pills.

Any suggestions for consuming a brand, species, or type that is least stinky to me or mildest?

Also recipe suggestions?

Thanks a bunch!

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on June 30, 2012
at 08:11 PM

Matt - what brand and species are you eating?

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

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on June 30, 2012
at 08:10 PM

Thanks for your palatability scale! I've read a bunch of Chris's stuff, but glad you mentioned it!

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on June 30, 2012
at 01:11 PM

Perhaps for some. I know that the Maine Coast Sea Vegetables company gets the waters where they harvest tested for contaminants quite regularly- they have a fairly extensive write-up on their website. http://www.seaveg.com/shop/index.php?main_page=page&id=21&chapter=1&zenid=400i5gtt66ad901s439r0jq7e3

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on June 23, 2012
at 04:59 AM

I second the Sea Seasonings. I sprinkle them on all kinds of things and think they taste pretty good. Mostly just a little salty. Perhaps if you are ULTRA sensitive to seaweed smell, you won't like them, but I can't even tell they are seaweed, personally.

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on June 22, 2012
at 09:34 PM

Rotting fish? Are you sure you're eating quality stuff? Mine smell "green" and like the ocean.

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on June 30, 2012
at 01:27 PM

I've tried kelp (kombu), hijiki, wakame, and nori. In terms of palatability my scale from tastiest to least is wakame, nori, hijiki, kombu. Unfortunately, that is also the ranking from least iodine to most pretty much. Nori has slightly less than wakame. This is the only site I could find giving ranges for iodine content of various types of seaweed: http://www.healwithfood.org/best-dietary-sources/iodine.php

I've been eating 2-3g of hijiki per day the past week or so. I plan to gradually increase my intake over the next few weeks. I'm also eating 1-2 brazil nuts per day to make sure I have adequate selenium. Check out all the posts from Chris Kresser if you haven't already: http://chriskresser.com/selenium-the-missing-link-for-treating-hypothyroidism

http://chriskresser.com/iodine-for-hypothyroidism-like-gasoline-on-a-fire

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

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on June 30, 2012
at 08:10 PM

Thanks for your palatability scale! I've read a bunch of Chris's stuff, but glad you mentioned it!

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on June 30, 2012
at 12:14 PM

You can't get enough iodine from seaweed unless you consume it 3-5 times a day. Worse, it's now contaminated with pesticides, arsenic, oil spill dispersants and fertilizers. You need an iodine supplement that is clean such as one of the Lugol's formulations or Iodoral. Check the Yahoo Iodine Group --5,000 iodine takers, most paleo.

Ee70ee808f748374744404a00e1c22ed

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on June 30, 2012
at 01:11 PM

Perhaps for some. I know that the Maine Coast Sea Vegetables company gets the waters where they harvest tested for contaminants quite regularly- they have a fairly extensive write-up on their website. http://www.seaveg.com/shop/index.php?main_page=page&id=21&chapter=1&zenid=400i5gtt66ad901s439r0jq7e3

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on June 22, 2012
at 11:44 PM

I've been using Maine Coast's kelp granules. I sprinkle a bit on whatever I'm having for dinner.

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on June 22, 2012
at 10:28 PM

Agar agar is flavorless and you can use it as a thickener to make all sorts of things. I like making a jelly with cream and then, I eat it like jello with fresh fruit on top.

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Afdf5873a082cd806c4d15c456f3614f

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on June 22, 2012
at 10:03 PM

Sea Snax are absolutely delicious, I eat them all the time- you can order them on amazon- it is seaweed, olive oil, and sea salt.

Or you can simply buy Trace Minerals Research Mineral Supplement- you can buy the drops and just add them to your water and that takes care of iodine and other important trace minerals.

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on June 22, 2012
at 08:11 PM

Throw them into soups or stews that have stronger flavors. You don't need a lot. They are very rich in iodine, so a little goes a long way, I think. I've used wakame -- comes in long thin strips, but you can cut just a smaller piece off and toss in the pot.

I like the Maine Seacoast brand of kelp or dulse flakes in scrambled eggs. They're not "mild," but they certainly don't overpower, either. They come in a little shaker so you can use it as a condiment. I've found them at Whole Foods and probably most smaller health food stores would have them too.

Sea seasonings

A2e73b869061fc20067e4ef8f26f83f0

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on June 23, 2012
at 04:59 AM

I second the Sea Seasonings. I sprinkle them on all kinds of things and think they taste pretty good. Mostly just a little salty. Perhaps if you are ULTRA sensitive to seaweed smell, you won't like them, but I can't even tell they are seaweed, personally.

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