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Salty truths you did not know about iodine

Iodine is an essential micronutrient, humans require it in small amounts to stay healthy.

According to the latest FNRI-DOST survey, 3 out of 10 (34.3 percent) lactating women have Iodine Deficiency, which is already of public health concern.

Here are three interesting facts you might not know about iodine:

1. Not all salt contains IODINE

Since the 1920s, Iodine is added to table salt and it has become an effective and affordable way to combat iodine deficiency.  

All producers and manufacturers of food-grade salt are required by ASIN Law to iodize the salt they produce, manufacture, import, trade, or distribute. All food processors that utilize food-grade salt must also use iodized salt throughout the manufacturing of their goods.

Make sure that the salt you are buying is an IODIZED SALT.

2. Goiter is caused by IODINE DEFICIENCY

The thyroid gland requires iodine to create thyroxine, a hormone that regulates various body functions. Iodine deficiency produces goiter, a swelling of the thyroid gland. 

Iodine deficiency can also lead to hypothyroidism which causes fatigue, muscle weakness, and weight gain in adults. Similarly, a child who has iodine deficiency can have cretinism and a low IQ. 

3. There are other IODINE-RICH foods

The recommended daily intake of Iodine for most adults is 150 mcg while the requirement is increased by 100 mcg per day for pregnant or lactating women. (PIA-NCR)

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Gelaine Louise Gutierrez

Information Officer I

National Capital Region

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