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Plant Milks and Iodine: Recommendations for Vegans

Plant Milks and Iodine: Recommendations for Vegans

The growth of the plant milk market is nothing short of amazing. Given the variety of options, it’s easier than ever to switch out cow’s milk for a more compassionate alternative.

But as these milks become more popular it’s natural (and important) to ask questions about how replacing cow’s milk with plant milks might affect nutrient intake.

In a study published this month in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers looked at iodine content of plant milks in the United Kingdom. Iodine is a mineral needed for healthy thyroid function. Deficiency in pregnancy or early childhood can have lifelong effects on learning and development in children. In adults, chronic deficiency may affect mental function and it might raise risk for one type of thyroid cancer.

The researchers looked at 47 plant milks from 20 brands. They included milk made from soybeans, almonds, coconut, oats, rice, hazelnuts and hempseed. Except for the three samples that were fortified with iodine, all of the plant milks came up short compared to cow’s milk. It’s a legitimate concern because in both the UK and ... Read More >

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