Q: "I’ve tried to reduce the amount of salt in my diet, but now I read that I’m not getting enough iodine. How can I get more iodine without adding salt to my food?"
Brian, via email
A: Accredited Practising Dietitian Zoe Wilson replies
“Iodine is an essential nutrient used to produce thyroid hormones, to regulate metabolism and for normal growth and development. Iodine deficiency in Australia has been rising for a number of reasons, including the reduced use of iodised salt in food. But it’s easy to get the recommended daily intake of iodine (150µg for both men and women). These days all bread is required to be iodine-fortified. You can also get iodine from oysters, tinned salmon, sushi (seaweed), a variety of dairy products and fresh fruit and vegetables.”