Find Iodine In Eggs, Dairy And Berries

A new study has shown that adequate iodine intake during pregnancy can sharpen your child’s spelling and reading skills -- good news for moms who love dairy, eggs, seaweed and other iodine-rich foods.

Woman eating yogurt and fruit

Iodine deficiency is less of a problem nowadays since iodized salt is a staple not only at our dinner table but added to foods -- as well as the feed of farm animals. However, pregnant women want to make sure that they’re getting enough -- not only for the thyroid function for both them and their babies, but a recent study has linked iodine deficiency with spelling and reading trouble for the baby.

Iodine’s importance

Strawberries have iodine

Iodine has several roles in the human body -- it is essential for thyroid function, and when you’re pregnant, your fetus needs it too. And now, a new study out of Tasmania has linked a lack of iodine during pregnancy to reading troubles for the baby when she grows up.

Researchers studied babies born between 1999 and 2001, an era in Tasmania where there was a mild iodine deficiency in the general population. The children were given tests at around age 9 and it was found that those whose mothers didn’t get quite enough iodine scored lower on literacy tests, particularly in the area of spelling. Incidentally, it didn’t seem to have an effect on math scores.

Get some iodine, mama

Prenatal vitamins don’t always include iodine, so check to see if yours does. If not, you might consider adding an iodine supplement to your daily regimen. In either case, there are many sources of iodine, some natural, and some supplemented. Thanks to iodine supplementation in the feed of cattle and chickens, there is iodine present in eggs as well as dairy products, such as yogurt, cheese, milk and ice cream. Some natural sources include strawberries, cranberries, sea vegetables such as seaweed, navy beans and potatoes.

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