Learn the Facts

Iodine is an essential nutrient that supports thyroid function and production of thyroid hormones, cognitive development, growth of children, energy-yielding metabolism, and the maintenance of normal skin.

How much salt

should I consume in a day?

NHS guidelines state that adults should not consume more than 6g of salt per day from all dietary food sources, which would include any processed foods or ready meals as well as home cooked meals.

The NHS recommends the following guidelines for salt consumption depending on age:

Age

Recommended Amount

1 to 3 years 2g salt a day (0.8g sodium)
4 to 6 years 3g salt a day (1.2g sodium)
7 to 10 years 5g salt a day (2g sodium)
11 years and over 6g salt a day (2.4g sodium)

What is iodine?

Iodine is an essential nutrient that supports thyroid function and production of thyroid hormones, cognitive development, growth of children, energy-yielding metabolism and the maintenance of normal skin.

How much iodine do I need in a day?

Depending on age, the Recommended Daily Allowance for iodine as given by the World Health Organisation is:

  • Children 0 to 5 years – 90 micrograms
  • Children 6 to 12 years – 120 micrograms
  • Children and adults above 12 years – 150 micrograms
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women – 250 micrograms

What are the main sources for iodine?

The main sources of iodine include dairy, most significantly milk in the UK, and fish.

What happens if I don’t get enough iodine in my diet?

Iodine Deficiency occurs when there is too little iodine in the diet. The symptoms of Iodine Deficiency vary, however anyone can be affected regardless of age or gender. Some symptoms include: hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid) which can cause fatigue and weight gain, impaired cognitive development and delayed growth of children. Severe iodine deficiency leads to goitre, or an enlarged thyroid that forms a lump around the neck.

Is it dangerous if I take too much iodine?

Taking high doses of iodine for long periods of time could change the way your thyroid gland works. Consult with your GP for more information.

Why iodised salt?

Fortifying salt with iodine is the most cost effective and easy to use way to enhance your diet with iodine. Many countries throughout the world use iodised salt as a method to improve the iodine nutrition since salt plays a key role in every diet.

Do other countries use iodised salt?

Yes, more than 100 countries throughout the world use iodised salt to combat the effects of iodine deficiency, such as Australia, China, Germany, the Netherlands and the USA.

Does iodised salt taste different from non-iodised salt?

No, iodised salt is simply that—salt. It does not taste any different compared to non-iodised salt.

Is iodised salt vegetarian/vegan friendly?

Yes, our iodised salt is certified by the European Vegetarian Union as being vegetarian and vegan.

Is iodised salt Halal?

Yes, our iodised salt is Halal Certified.

Is iodised salt Kosher?

Yes, our iodised salt is Kosher Certified.

Can I cook with iodised salt in the same way I cook with non-iodised salt?

Yes, iodised salt can be cooked with in exactly the same way as non-iodised salt.

Are there any foods I can’t use iodised salt with?

No, you can use iodised salt as an ingredient with all foods and cooking.

I am pregnant, can I use iodised salt?

Pregnant women are encouraged by the World Health Organisation to increase their iodine consumption during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is best to consult with your GP to understand the recommendations for iodine nutrition during pregnancy.

I have a thyroid problem, can I use iodised salt?

It is best to consult with your GP to understand the recommendations for managing thyroid health.