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Old 11-06-2010, 09:23 PM   #1
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Iodized salt

I see loads of recipes that specify "kosher salt". I understand why one wants pickling salt, which has no additives, for pickling. Do people really find a noticeable difference in taste. Does no one remember/know why iodine was added to salt?

Iodine is a micronutrient. It can be hard to come by. Lack of iodine can cause thyroid problems, obvious when someone get goiter. Lack of iodine can cause mental retardation. In the U.S., naturally occurring iodine is hard to come by in the Great Lakes region.

Here's a Wikipedia article about iodized salt.

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Old 11-06-2010, 09:33 PM   #2
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There is enough iodized salt in most foods to give you your daily dose of iodine. Most of us eat way too much salt, even if we leave it off the table.
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There is enough iodized salt in most foods to give you your daily dose of iodine. Most of us eat way too much salt, even if we leave it off the table.
Are you sure the stuff in processed foods is iodized? Iodine or one of its salts is an ingredient listed on iodized table salt. I can't remember ever seeing iodine as an ingredient in processed foods.

And some of us don't eat much in the way of processed foods.
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Are you sure the stuff in processed foods is iodized? Iodine or one of its salts is an ingredient listed on iodized table salt. I can't remember ever seeing iodine as an ingredient in processed foods.

And some of us don't eat much in the way of processed foods.
Been looking around, most salt used in processed foods is not iodized. Makes me glad I'm taking my daily multi-vitamin. You need 150mcg/day of iodine to avoid iodine deficiency and 220 mcg if you are pregnant or nursing. Children need it daily, too.

I also read that more deficiencies are being noted in the general population, because of reducing salt intake for health reasons. Shrek and I are in that population.
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Old 11-06-2010, 10:01 PM   #5
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A lot of people use kosher salt in cooking and iodized salt at the table. There is nothing keeping from either using iodized salt in cooking or using less kosher salt in cooking and iodized salt at the table.
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I use Iodized salt exclusively just to be sure. Many dishes I make, the salt in seasonings is enough to taste right without adding more, but I make enough dishes using regular Iodized salt that I don't think I would have any deficiency.
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Food sources for Iodine:

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Iodized salt -- table salt with iodine added -- is the main food source of iodine. Seafood is naturally rich in iodine. Cod, sea bass, haddock, and perch are good sources. Kelp is the most common vegetable seafood that is a rich source of iodine. Dairy products also contain iodine. Other good sources are plants grown in iodine-rich soil.
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I used nothing but iodized salt until I was 55 years old, and I still developed thyroid problems. Now, I use either sea salt or Kosher salt exclusively. Yes, I can tell the taste difference.

So much for iodized salt and florinated water (I wear dentures).
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I used nothing but iodized salt until I was 55 years old, and I still developed thyroid problems. Now, I use either sea salt or Kosher salt exclusively. Yes, I can tell the taste difference.

So much for iodized salt and florinated water (I wear dentures).
Fluoridation helps prevent tooth decay in children, provided they get enough Vitamin D and Calcium. It raises rates of heart disease in adults. Don't get me started.
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I am at risk for thyroid disease because of heredity and so far I've mirrored my mother much to closely. So I am making sure my iodine intake is good and I get tested once a year.

As for fluoridation, Missoula does not fluoridate their water, I'm not missing it. Unfortunately, I inheirited my father's bad teeth, they are going bye-bye on the 17th.
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