91% of New Zealanders tested were Iodine deficient. The biggest groups at risk of Iodine deficiency are pregnant mothers and people with autoimmunity issues or concerns.
'91% of New Zealanders tested were Iodine deficient.'
In New Zealand our soils are deficient in several key nutrients including iodine which you can learn more about in my latest blog post, '5 Key Nutrients missing in our NZ soil.'
Seaweed, especially kelp is a great way to increase iodine in your diet and this recipe has both. Another way to increase iodine is to swap your regular table salt for kelp salt. We like Pacific Harvest and they have many distributors throughout NZ. You can also sprinkle dried seaweed on soups, salads or add it to stews.
'Seaweed, especially kelp is a great way to increase iodine in your diet.'
You can also put it on your vegetable garden letting your veggies absorb the iodine minerals from the soil.
Traditionally in Japan miso soup is eaten almost every day and is made with local seasonal vegetables – not just the tofu and seaweed you get at most sushi shops.
As a general rule, I prefer people not to consume soy products. Typically our ancestors ate fermented soy, a process that breaks down the really strong plant phytoestrogens. Not the case today, especially as in the modern diet and we are already overexposed to oestrogen.
At BePure we recommend a more traditional based miso soup flavoured with seasonal vegetables.
If you give this a go, let us know! Share your miso soup pictures with us on Instagram @bepurebenwarren or use #bepurebenwarren for your chance to be featured on our Instagram account.
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