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#1 Hum

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 14:16

Kids who don’t get enough of a crucial mineral in the womb are likely to have lower IQs and reading scores, two new studies report. Deficiency in this mineral is also the world’s leading cause of preventable in kids—and can even threaten their survival, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Iodine—which can be added to table salt for just five cents per person per year—provides astonishing benefits to pregnant women and babies. In fact, the WHO reports that iodized salt, found in most American homes, offers “a spectacularly simple, universally effective, wildly attractive, and incredibly cheap” way to combat iodine deficiency.

However, despite the availability of iodized salt, research shows that many pregnant women don’t get an adequate amount of iodine. Not only do moms-to-be who consume enough iodine have a lower risk of miscarriage and stillbirth, but their kids are smarter.

Additionally, the lower the mom’s iodine level was during pregnancy, the worse her child’s scores were likely to be. Far more children of iodine-deficient moms were in the lowest groups for verbal IQ and reading, even when other confounding factors, such as the mother’s age, parenting practices, income, education, and health habits, including smoking during pregnancy, were taken into account.

Despite the accessibility of iodized salt, and other iodine-rich foods, it’s common for pregnant women in the U.S. to be at least mildly deficient in this crucial nutrient, according to a new study by researchers at Boston University School of Medicine.

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 23:17


However, despite the availability of iodized salt...

 

It's not very available these days. That may explain a lot.



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 00:11

What else has iodine ... ?

 

http://www.globalhea...h/iodine-foods/

 

I don't see why sea salt does not contain iodine.



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 00:29

You can buy Morton sea salt with iodine added. We use it exclusively.



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 00:43

It's not very available these days. That may explain a lot.

wtf are you talking about? Table salt is iodized salt.



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 00:50

wtf are you talking about? Table salt is iodized salt.

Not always, you can readily buy it without iodine.



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 00:54

the problem is 'salt', theres much anti-salt campaign these days.
salt might trigger hypertension, obesity, unhealthy, etc... etc...

so even your salt is iodized, that pretty much useless if you follow those 'advices' to the extreme.

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 03:07

wtf are you talking about? Table salt is iodized salt.

 

http://www.lef.org/m...ficiency_01.htm

 

In 2008, researchers concerned about the growing threat of iodine deficiency analyzed 88 samples1 of iodized table salt—the main supply of this critical micronutrient for most people.2
 
Less than half of those tested contained amounts of iodine sufficient for optimal health.
 
Coupled with the trend of reduced salt consumption, rates of iodine deficiency are now reaching epidemic levels.