Kombu and iodine
Posted Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 10:36 AM
I bought a package of kombu in the hopes of using some when I`m cooking beans. I heard that using a little kombu in the cooking water helps make the beans more digestible (less gas and bloating, etc).
But I`ve also heard that kombu has extremely high levels of iodine in it, and that people need to be careful with this to avoid getting too much iodine.
I know that we all need iodine, but that too much (or too little) can cause health issues.
I`m wondering how much kombu would constitute too much iodine? For example, if I`m hoping to cook a batch of beans a few times a week, how much (or how little) kombu should I put into the cooking water?
Also, I recently bought a container of kelp granules - should I be concerned about excess iodine if I start using a little of that on my meals?