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i am allergic to iodinewhat kind of fish can i eat that

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I am allergic to Iodine-what kind of fish can I eat that does not have iodine

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Female , Age: 41

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Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Cyndi replied 11 years ago.
Dear D,

Depending on how bad your allergy is, is what you can eat. ALL fish have Iodine. Some people can each Salmon and not shrimp, due to the fact shellfish have the highest amount in them.
Seafood (shrimp,crap,lobster, seaweed, kelp,Cod, sea bass, haddock, and perch are the highest so avoid these!

Some foods that contain iodine that you may want to avoid are listed below:

Iodized salt, sea salt, and salty foods. Because it's hard to know which restaurants use iodized salt, you might want to ask what they use before you order.

All dairy products (milk, sour cream, cheese, cream, yogurt, butter, ice cream)
Egg yolks

Foods that contain carrageen, agar-agar, algin, or alginate - all of these are made from seaweed
Many prepared and/or cured meats (ham, bacon, sausage, corned beef, etc)
Fresh chicken or turkey with broth or additives injected
Dried fruit
Canned vegetables
Commercial bakery products
Soy products (soy sauce, soy milk, tofu)
Any vitamins or supplements that contain iodine
FD&C red dye #3 - this appears in many foods or pills that are red or brown, including colas

NOTE: You should NEVER discontinue any medication before consulting your doctor!

If this seems overwhelming, it may help to know that "iodine" does not mean salt or sodium. Non-iodized salt, like Kosher salt, is fine to use on a low-iodine diet.

Selected foods that are okay to keep eating include:

Egg whites
Fresh noncured meat from the butcher
Homemade bread made with non-iodized salt and oil (not soy!) instead of butter or milk
Most fresh fruits and vegetables (but not too much spinach & broccoli), washed well
Frozen vegetables that don't have high-iodine ingredients (like regular salt) added
Canned peaches, pears and pineapples
Natural unsalted peanut butter
Clear sodas
Coffee or tea, as long as it's made with distilled water. But remember, only non-dairy creamer!
Popcorn popped in vegetable oil or air popped, with non-iodized salt
Sorbet - but remember to check the ingredient list for FD&C red dye #3!

You may want to shop and freeze or store your ingredients before starting your diet to avoid being tempted by iodine-containing foods at the store. Alternatively, try shopping at a health-food store where products will be labeled if they are salt and dairy free.

For other low-iodine suggestions, check out these sources:

ThyCa: Low-Iodine Diet & Cookbook
Light of Life Foundation: Low Iodine Cookbook
National Institutes of Health: Preparing to Receive I-131: The Low-Iodine Diet (PDF)
Your Health Press: The Low Iodine Diet Cookbook.

Hope this helps. I added all foods :)
Good Luck and God Bless.
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Customer: replied 11 years ago.
wow- i guess im not all that allergic- i love dairy and deli meats-and have never had a probelm with that...I have just been avoiding fish for 20yrs.

Thanks so much for the answer