Many of us are not certified experts, so we take cues from society around us as to what is good for our health. Often times, we learn recipes from our parents, friends and even strangers on the internet. Trying new ingredients and checking out the latest trends on Instagram inspires us to make cooking an experience, not just a means to live. In addition, we try to make healthy choices and make meals not only delicious, but nutritious as well.
Iodine is an essential nutrient, important for the brain development of children, healthy thyroid function and hormone production. The World Health Organization states that without enough iodine, children’s mental health can be jeopardised even before being born if the mum did not get sufficient iodine during pregnancy. That’s why it’s imperative that women who are pregnant eat enough iodine throughout their pregnancy to maintain their baby’s health.
Pregnant women aren’t the only ones who need to make sure they’re getting enough iodine from their food. Adults who lack iodine from the diet can experience a decrease in thyroid function, also known as hypothyroidism. This can lead to weight gain, fatigue, dry skin, muscle aches and other related health issues.
A diet that incorporates saltwater fish and dairy should give you enough iodine needed as an adult. However, due to allergies, preferences and ever changing trends, some people exclude these foods from their diets.
Throughout the world, countries have used iodised salt to supplement the diet. This helps ensure that people are getting enough iodine from their home cooked meals. Iodised salt is salt that has been fortified with iodine, and is widely accessible and affordable in many countries around the globe. In the UK, we have access to British Salt Iodised Table Salt, which provides 20% of the adult recommended daily intake for iodine in a 1 gram serving. This means that even a small amount of salt will give your meals a boost of iodine nutrition.