SMRT foods for Smart kids - What to Know
According to the world Health Organisation iodine is essential for healthy brain development in the foetus and young child. A woman’s iodine requirement increases substantially during pregnancy to ensure adequate supply to the foetus. The somewhat overlooked mineral is essential for a baby’s growth and brain development, yet more than two-thirds of Irish women (77%) are not getting enough, according to a Journal of Nutrition survey.
The mineral is particularly important in pregnancy. However, mothers-to-be may not be aware that even a mild-to-moderate iodine deficiency in pregnancy has been linked to lower IQ and reading ability in children.
A 2017 study in the Nutrients journal found that children born to mothers who took less than the recommended daily amount of iodine were at an increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Most foods are relatively low in iodine content. To ensure that everyone has a sufficient intake of iodine, WHO and UNICEF recommend universal salt iodization as a global strategy. However, in certain countries salt iodization may not be feasible in all regions. Evidence suggests that in settings where universal salt iodization is not fully implemented, pregnant and lactating women and children under two years of age may not be receiving adequate amounts of iodized salt.
The WHO also state that depending on the percentage of households in a particular area with access to iodized salt, iodine supplementation may be necessary to ensure pregnant women are receiving adequate intake.
Seaweed is one of the best sources of iodine. As a nutritionist I am aware that we can also get too much iodine so at Smrt foods, we have incorporated the perfect amount of iodine needed daily for optimal health into each that is150mg per day. Furthermore, all our products are organic and free from nasty chemicals. Even low-level pesticide exposure can be significantly more toxic for fetuses and children (due to their less-developed immune systems) and for pregnant women as it puts added strain on their already taxed organs, according to a report by the National Academy of Sciences.