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Too Much Seaweed? - hidden_cow - 09-22-2013 06:24 PM

Greetings!

I don't know if I'm the only one, but I absolutely love diving into a bag of dulse flakes and eating it by the spoon full. I love the stuff! It makes me smile knowing how delicious and nutritious it is. But, I do realize that for example, it's a pretty potent source of iodine, and I believe potassium as well, and I'm sure a host of all sorts of other stuff.

To give an example, one tablespoon has about 330% dv of iodine, according to the packaging. Let's say I went a bit wild and had like 8 tablespoons of the stuff, that's 2640% dv of iodine in one sitting. I'm a bit concerned about this fact.

I love the world of abundance we live in that this high amount of nutrition is possible- but also concerned that I may be over doing it? Tongue

Thanks a bunch!


RE: Too Much Seaweed? - James - 10-02-2013 03:51 AM

(09-22-2013 06:24 PM)hidden_cow Wrote:  Greetings!

I don't know if I'm the only one, but I absolutely love diving into a bag of dulse flakes and eating it by the spoon full. I love the stuff! It makes me smile knowing how delicious and nutritious it is. But, I do realize that for example, it's a pretty potent source of iodine, and I believe potassium as well, and I'm sure a host of all sorts of other stuff.

To give an example, one tablespoon has about 330% dv of iodine, according to the packaging. Let's say I went a bit wild and had like 8 tablespoons of the stuff, that's 2640% dv of iodine in one sitting. I'm a bit concerned about this fact.

I love the world of abundance we live in that this high amount of nutrition is possible- but also concerned that I may be over doing it? Tongue

Thanks a bunch!

That does not sound right. Dulse is not that high in iodine unless they have some added source of iodine. Dulse flakes in this report only show 100mg iodine per kilogram:

http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/science/monitoring/surveillance/documents/Iodine%20in%20Seaweed.pdf

Other sources I have seen have also shown lower levels of iodine than what is showing on your package.

Also, total iodine content is not the only factor. Seaweeds also contain factors that antagonize iodine such as chlorine, fluorine and bromine. For example, when people take toxic levels of iodine and start developing symptoms they are told to do a salt flush. The claim is that the toxic reaction is from bromine being pushed out of the system, but this is a myth. The chlorides in the salt, such as sodium chloride, area actually pushing the excess iodine out of the body reducing the toxicity:

http://medcapsules.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=2485


RE: Too Much Seaweed? - hidden_cow - 10-02-2013 07:27 AM

Thank you so much for the reply. With regards to the iodine content, I did find a website that shows what the nutritional label shows.

http://www.swansonvitamins.com/maine-coast-dulse-flakes-4-oz-pkg?SourceCode=INTL405&CAWELAID=530002460000022471&catargetid=530002460000000567&cadevice=c&mkwid=tajrpZ3o&pcrid=29057243767&cagpspn=pla&gclid=CNC3_c6f-LkCFS1p7AodICYAnA

According to the packaging, they do not add any iodine to it. Very strange.


RE: Too Much Seaweed? - James - 10-03-2013 05:43 PM

(10-02-2013 07:27 AM)hidden_cow Wrote:  Thank you so much for the reply. With regards to the iodine content, I did find a website that shows what the nutritional label shows.

http://www.swansonvitamins.com/maine-coast-dulse-flakes-4-oz-pkg?SourceCode=INTL405&CAWELAID=530002460000022471&catargetid=530002460000000567&cadevice=c&mkwid=tajrpZ3o&pcrid=29057243767&cagpspn=pla&gclid=CNC3_c6f-LkCFS1p7AodICYAnA

According to the packaging, they do not add any iodine to it. Very strange.

I found this site that is actually for Maine sea vegetables.

http://www.seaveg.com/shop/index.php?main_page=page&id=15&chapter=5

It coincides with the label information, but conflicts with studies showing lower iodine levels.

All I can think of is that either dulse from different areas have wildly different iodine levels or different labs are using different testing methods yielding vastly different results.