Top 10 Food That is High in Iodine

Before we will discuss the foods that are rich in iodine, let us first acknowledge the importance of iodine in out diet and body.
Iodine being one of the important minerals is very much required in our body for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland.
Now for those who have never heard about thyroid gland let me take to honor to explain it.

Top 10 Food That is High in Iodine

Top 10 Food That is High in Iodine

What is a Thyroid Gland

The thyroid gland is one of the glands in our body that is responsible for the metabolism and growth. It is a ductless gland that is present in the neck. It is shaped like a butterfly. It secretes hormones that regulate the vital function of the body.

What is a Thyroid Gland

What is a Thyroid Gland

What is Metabolism

Metabolism is a term to describe the chemical reaction that is going in the body. This includes breaking the molecules to release energy. In short, whatever we eat at the end is metabolized to produce energy.

What are the Disease Caused Due to Iodine Deficiency

As we have discussed above to carry out its functions, thyroid gland needs iodine. So if there is a deficiency of iodine in our body it may cause:

  • Lethargy
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • High cholesterol
  • And swelling of the thyroid gland.
  • If pregnant mothers suffer from iodine deficiency she may give birth to a mentally retarded.

I hope this is enough to make you realize the importance of including iodine rich food in your diet.
But the next question that arises is that how to know which foods are rich sources of iodine
Do not worry and read our article, as it will tell you about top 20 foods that are rich in iodine.

Top 10 Foods Rich in Iodine

1.Baked Potatoes-

Potatoes are a good source of iodine. But instead of mashed potato prefer baked one. The reason behind is that the skin of the potato contains fiber potassium and vitamins. If you make a habit of waiting a medium potato per day you will get 40 percent of the recommended dose of iodine.

Baked Potatoes

Baked Potatoes

But if you are patient of diabetes or is on a weight loss program do once consult your doctor and dietician as potato is a rich source of calories and its glycemic index is high.

Do not worry as potato is not the only source of iodine, but there is a big list of iodine rich foods below.

2. Seaweed-

If you are suffering from iodine deficiency than go for dried seaweed. It is a natural remedy. Just a quarter-ounce of dried seaweed is enough to provide you with the recommended daily dose of iodine in the day. If you perfectly fine then just for health benefits consume just a small amount of seaweed every day.



3.Milk –

It is not only rich in vitamin D and calcium, but also contains other essential nutrients. Just by drinking a cup of milk every day you are providing your body with 37 percent of the daily recommended dose of iodine.

4. Baked Turkey Breast-

If you are a non-vegetarian than turkey breast is a good source of iodine for you. 3 ounces of baked turkey will provide you with 23 percent of the daily recommended value of iodine every day. The best part is that besides iodine turkey breast is also a good phosphorous and source of vitamin B, potassium.

5. Boiled Eggs-

Boiled egg is a rich source of protein, vitamin A, D, calcium, zinc, antioxidants and also provides 10 percent of the total recommended value of iodine. Include 2-3 eggs in your diet in a week along with green leafy vegetables.

Boiled Eggs

Boiled Eggs

6. Yogurt-

This is one of the healthiest food. It is rich in probiotics that improve the digestion and also a cup of yogurt provides with 50 percent of the daily dose of iodine.

7. Prunes-

If you have craving for sweets then eat dried prunes. It is a low glycemic index and will also provide you with essential nutrients including iodine. Eat 5 to 10 prunes daily along with other sources of iodine.



8. Fortified Iodized Salt-

Do not go for plain salt but iodized salt. Enjoy it in moderation and make your life healthier. But if you are patient of hypertension do not worry, you have many other options.

9. Banana-

Banana is a quicking energy boosting food. Eat two medium sized banana to fulfill 5 percent of the daily value of iodine.



10. Beans-

Beans are known as one of the healthiest food on the earth. A half cup of beans provides you with 20 percent of iodine beans. It is also rich in protein, vitamins and minerals.

So now you have a long list of the foods that are not only rich in iodine, but also other important minerals and vitamins. Include these foods in your diet as besides being healthy, they are also very good in taste.

Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta:  Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.