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Could you be Iodine Deficient as a result of a Dairy Free Diet?

Dr Craig Rose summarises, why some people could be iodine deficient as a result of a dairy free diet (that is insufficient in iodine), and how seaweed may benefit it.

Dairy Free Diets

Approximately  three quarters of the world’s population may be dairy intolerant. Some people may choose to consume a dairy free diet as a lifestyle choice.  Others consume a dairy free diet to benefit their health as they are affected by an allergy or intolerance. A lifestyle choice to consume a dairy free diet, may relate to the ethics surrounding milk production.

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According to Mayo Clinic of the definition of a lactose allergy “is an abnormal response by the body’s immune system to milk and products containing milk… allergies can cause anaphylaxis – a sever life-threatening reaction”. The definition of a lactose intolerance is when people “are unable to fully digest the sugar (lactose) in milk. As a result… the symptoms can be uncomfortable”.

How Seaweed Benefits a Dairy Free Diet?

Milk contains iodine, calcium, proteins, vitamins A, B12 and D. You may need to supplement these into your diet if you are dairy free. As you may not be getting enough, which could lead to consumers being iodine deficient as a result of a dairy free diet, insufficient in iodine. Lactose is a sugar found in milk, that aids the absorption of minerals like magnesium and zinc. These elements are vital for your body and cognitive development. Getting the right amount of these important vitamins and minerals may prove difficult. However, supermarkets today do have some fantastic dairy free products and dairy free ranges. They may still not have the nutrients you need to contribute to your daily intake levels.

This is how seaweed benefitting a dairy free diet comes in…

Seaweed Benefits

Seaweed & Co.’s seaweed contains natural occurring calcium. By adding just one teaspoon of Seaweed, it can have the equivalent of 60ml Whole Milk, which can help form part of your daily calcium requirements. At significant levels, calcium helps to build strong bones and teeth, regulates muscle contractions and helps to make sure that your blood clots normally. Consuming seaweed, along with a balanced diet, would be an addition of calcium to a dairy free diet without consuming milk.

Iodine intake particularly in many Western countries, is very low. The Iodine Global Network reports that the UK “ranks seventh among the ten most iodine deficient nations in the world”.  With ~76% of girls in the UK being iodine insufficient. Why is Iodine so important: Iodine is an essential mineral that contributes to, healthy thyroid function, normal cognitive function and normal growth in children (EU Approved Health Claim). Therefore, being iodine deficient as a result of a dairy free diet insufficient in iodine, is an important issue to raise awareness of.

In many parts of the world, iodine consumption is mostly from milk. This is because most farmer’s use a solution containing iodine to clean cow’s teats before milking.  One teaspoon of Seaweed & Co.’s seaweed contains the equivalent levels of Iodine as 12 Whole Mackerel.

This makes adding seaweed as a core food in your diet more important.

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Dairy Free Seaweed Recipes

Check out these incredibly delicious dairy free recipes that incorporate seaweed:

1.       Gingered Orange Pumpkin Soup

2.       Lentil Bolognaise

3.       Sweet Potato Falafel


If you would like to learn more about how seaweed can benefit consumers who may be iodine deficient as a result of a diary free diet, please get in touch with Dr Craig Rose, he’s happy to help!

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