Nutritionists told what milk substitutes are dangerous to health

People, for one reason or another refused cow’s milk in favor of his substitute plant-based, should consider that in some respects this change is uneven. How figured out the experts representing the University of Surrey, products based on soy, nuts, rice, and other similar components, contain much less essential iodine than those the Foundation of which was cow’s milk.


Experts have studied the iodine content in 47 based drinks soy, almond, coconut, oat, rice, hazelnut and hemp, can be positioned as a milk substitute. In the course of the study were not subjected to analysis of specialized baby food, the researchers note.

As it turned out, in one Cup of the greater part of the milk substitute contains only about 1 microgram (or 0.001 milligram) of iodine. In the day an adult should consume about 150 micrograms and pregnant women — 200 micrograms of this element, that is, the milk substitutes — at least themselves — can hardly provide it in such numbers. At the same time, cow’s milk, 50 times richer in iodine, there are a couple of his cups a day requirement of iodine is quite satisfying.

Iodine needed to create thyroid hormones. This is especially important for women planning a pregnancy or expecting a baby, since these hormones are essential for brain development of the embryo. Previous research has shown that large amounts of iodine consumed by the mother was correlated positively with the intelligence quotient of the child.

Experts say that people suffering from allergies to milk or refuse from food of animal origin, for whatever belief, should be carefully monitored so that they receive the necessary amount of iodine from other sources. One possible solution may be the consumption of large quantities of seafood — sea Kale, shrimp, cod and so on.

The study was published in the scientific journal British Journal of Nutrition.

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