Dairy Council launches iodine intake initiative

By Noli Dinkovski

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Dairy: three portions a day can provide between 90–100% of the requirement for iodine
Dairy: three portions a day can provide between 90–100% of the requirement for iodine
An initiative to promote how consuming milk, yogurt and cheese can combat iodine deficiency has been launched by The Dairy Council.

A booklet that provides information on dietary requirements for iodine at all ages and how these can be achieved with milk and dairy intake has been created by the organisation in conjunction with the University of Surrey.

Essential micronutrient

According to The Dairy Council, iodine is an essential micronutrient as it makes up part of the thyroid hormones that help release energy from food and regulate growth. These hormones also contribute to brain and nerve function, and help to maintain healthy skin.

Daily iodine requirement

Three portions of dairy can provide between 90–100% of the daily requirement for iodine across the lifespan, claimed Dr Anne Mullen, director of nutrition at The Dairy Council.

“Iodine is especially important for women during pregnancy and for young children, since it contributes to growth and brain development,”​ Mullen added.

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