Alternative sources of iodine to protect your thyroid

A friend who is a professor at a nearby university just called to give me some information that might be helpful to people who are unable to obtain a stock of potassium iodide crystals or pills.  Apparently there are some vegetables that are extraordinary sources of iodine.  And please don’t call them “sea weed”: they are cultivated vegetables that just happen to grow in the sea, according to the professor.

Interestingly I was planning on making sushi for our weekly cooking class, so we’ll also be eating some of these sea vegetables.  My friend and his family are committed to eating a serving of these vegetables daily for the time being.  Of course it is quite easy for them to prepare these vegetables because his wife is from Japan and he has spent a lot of time there.  I did ask him if he thought that eating the vegetables would fully saturate their thyroids and he didn’t know.  However, eating them would certainly help.  He noted that the Japanese, because they tend to regularly consume these vegetables are in a good position to deal with radioactive iodine.

Here are the vegetables, ranked in order of palatebility, according to the professor:

Nori: used to wrap sushi.  BTW, sushi doesn’t mean raw fish but rather refers to a dish made with rice an vinegar.  I’ll be making sushi from rice wrapped in nori and garnished with a variety of vegetables/beans.  It is diipped in vinegar, horseradish and soy sauce. Yummy!

Hijiki: a sea vegetable that is good in salad.

Wakame: this is frequently added to miso soup.  It is quite mild.

Konbu: fairly bland (boring)

Kanten:  used to make a bland soup with the consistency of snot.

The professor also wanted me to mention on my blog that children are the most vulnerable to radiation poisoning and in cases of scarce resources, the available protection should be offered first to children.

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~ by Anuttama on March 16, 2011.

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