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Milk alternatives may be bad for the brain

Iodine in milk is an important part of a balanced diet. 

Researchers from the University of Surrey evaluated the iodine content of 47 nondairy beverages, including soy, almond, coconut, oat, rice, hazelnut, and hemp “milk.” They found that most of these drinks did not contain adequate levels of iodine. In fact, these beverages only had about 2 percent of the iodine found in cows’ milk. 

Iodine is absorbed in the thyroid gland and is needed for growth, energy production, nerve and muscle function, blood cell production, body temperature regulation, and more. It is particularly important during pregnancy for normal fetal brain development. 

The recommended daily amount of iodine for adult men and women is 150 micrograms (mcg) per day. For pregnant women, the recommendation rises to 200 mcg.

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