A great article in The Scotsman on how pregnant women are not eating enough iodine-rich food such as fish, milk and seaweed. Iodine is required for the production of thyroid hormones, crucial for the healthy brain development of babies, particularly in the early stages of pregnancy.
Dr Emilie Combet, who has led research on the topic at Glasgow University, said: “Women aren’t receiving the message about the importance of iodine in pregnancy, meaning they cannot make informed choices to ensure they get the amount they require.
“Iodine is crucial during pregnancy and the first months of life, to ensure adequate brain development, but achieving over 200ug a day of iodine through diet requires regular consumption of iodine-rich foods such as milk and sea fish."
Dr Combet said: “The most important issue to come from this study, however, was the lack of awareness of the important role iodine plays in foetal development and how to consume adequate levels of this essential mineral"
Ms Emma Conroy, who runs Edinburgh Nutrition, said: “There are lots of nutrients that pregnant women are not getting enough of and I think it is good to give something like iodine more attention. Iodine has huge health benefits. By far and away the best thing to eat is seaweed, which is really rich in iodine."
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Read the Scotsman article in full here.