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  • Iodine is needed to make essential thyroid hormones. These are used by the body for growth and energy use, as well as brain and bone development during pregnancy and early childhood.
  • Not enough iodine in the diet can cause serious problems including stunted growth in young children and an enlarged thyroid gland (goitre) in adults.
  • Good sources of iodine include bread made with iodised salt and any type of seafood, including seaweed.
  • In Australia all bought breads (except organic bread) have iodised salt.
  • Women who are planning to get pregnant, are pregnant or breastfeeding need extra iodine and should see their doctor for advice about their individual health needs. 

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Reviewed on: 05-02-2020