Iodine Foods List

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Which Foods are Rich Sources for Iodine?

They include saltwater fish and shellfish, eggs, cheese of almost-all varieties such as cheddar, mozzarella, cottage, cream, feta, colby-Jack, milk - including evaporated, buttermilk and whole milk.

Where foods are planted raised and harvested also has an impact on the nutritional composite of the food.

Therefore, the following foods may also bee good sources for iodine: broccoli, spinach, potatoes and dried beans.

Impact of Excess Iodine in the Daily Diet

The purpose of iodine is working as a thyroid hormone, regulating the rate of bodily functions. These functions include:

- regulation of body temperatures
- blood cell production
- functioning of the nerves
- function of the muscles
- plays a role in reproduction and growth
- speed of metabolism.

Unfortunately, when the unborn baby lacks sufficient iodine it can lead to mental retardation. This is just one reason why it's vital to be under a doctor's care during pregnancy - and he/her will almost-always prescribe a particular vitamin which will support both the mother's and baby's health during this phase of life.

As too an excess of iodine, the thyroid function generally will be decreased. The same applies when too little is involved.

Iodine Food Sources, Calories


All regular varieties of cheese prepared with whole milk contain 80-plus calories per slice. Whole milk cheeses hold about 100 calories per ounce. In comparison, low fat mozzarella cheese contains about 50 calories per slice.

Most cheese is available in a reduced-fat or low-fat version at the market, but based on your personal taste - they may or may not be ideal for your eating plan.

The cottage cheese which is reduced in fat just isn't our cup of tea. We'd rather enjoy a bit less of the regular to balance-out the calories.

The same applies to cream cheese. While it makes a good choice for many recipes over the fatty blend, when used as a stand-alone - such as on the morning whole-grain bagel or as a side dip, it reminds us of wallpaper paste. It's slick and thick and it dries out very quickly if left exposed to the air.


My husband will drink 2% milk but prefers the whole 3.25% milkfat. There's really nothing wrong with this - and sure, it contains a few more calories but keep in mind that our daily minimal recommendation for the Dairy Group is only 2-3 servings. That equals one cup of milk OR one ounce of cheese OR 1/2 cup of cottage cheese OR 1 cup of yogurt.

At times, the health-nuts get so wrapped up in saving every little dribble of calories that what their saying actually turns into....dribble. One day it's okay to do this - and the next, it's horrible for our health.

Therefore, we must use our good sense when it comes to what we decide to put into our body at meal time.

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