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Hong Kong’s Consumer Council Releases Statement on Seaweed Consumption

October 17, 2022: 12:00 AM EST
The Consumer Council in Hong Kong tested 27 ready-to-eat seaweed snack samples. All 27 had a high iodine content. Iodine can provide metabolism benefits when taken in moderation, but with excessive consumption could impact thyroid function. One of the four products labelled suitable for infants and young children contained iodine at a level per serving 90 percent above the daily recommended nutrient intake for young children aged 1-3. The tests found that 19 samples were deemed high-sodium foods and 10 were found to be high-fat foods. The Consumer Council advised consumers to read the ingredients list and nutrition label on seaweed products and to be especially aware of their sodium, fat and sugar intake levels. It also said that taste preferences are often formed at an early age and warned parents that feeding children "strong-tasting" foods such as those high in sodium may result in the children developing a preference for salty foods.  
"Healthy Seaweed Cannot Be Consumed Without Limit Especially For Children All Rich In Iodine But 70% High In Sodium", Consumer Council (HK), October 17, 2022, © Consumer Council
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