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Is coffee mate powdered "creamer" okay on a low iodine diet ?

MarinMark
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http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Thyroid-Disorders/Low-Iodine-Diet/show/573082

http://www.thyroidboards.com/showthread.php?t=2088

nasher
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Ingredients
GLUCOSE SYRUP, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL (MAY CONTAIN COCONUT, PALM KERNEL AND/OR SOYBEAN OIL), SODIUM CASEINATE (A MILK DERIVATIVE), DIPOSTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM ALUMINUM SILICATE, MONOGLYCERIDES, ACETYLATED TARTARIC ACID ESTERS OF MONO- AND DYGLYCERIDES, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOUR, COLOUR

http://www.thyca.org/Cookbook.pdf is normally where i go to find things

when they list things like
(MAY CONTAIN COCONUT, PALM KERNEL AND/OR SOYBEAN OIL) assume it has all of them as the main one

and then they have ARTIFICIAL FLAVOUR, COLOUR who knows if any of these has iodine and

SODIUM CASEINATE (A MILK DERIVATIVE)<--- well is this the bad part or an ok part of milk...

i dont know the answer unfortunatly

MarinMark
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http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Thyroid-Disorders/Low-Iodine-Diet/show/573082

http://thyroidcancersurvivor.wordpress.com/2009/04/30/low-iodine-diet/

teamwink
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I didn't use Coffeemate, but I found a store brand (maybe kroger?) that had 0 sodium and no weird ingredients in it. I won't lie, it wasn't as tasty as the nicer brands, but it gave my coffee a little bit of flavor - during the LID, I needed all the help I could get!

MarinMark
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Do you have the specific name and brand ?

teamwink
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I can't remember, and I have since gladly tossed it out - I remember going all over trying to find something that would work, since the name brands seemed like they were not going to fit the diet. I'd try Kroger or Target or Wal Mart.

MarinMark
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My friend called Nestle's. They claim the classical coffee mate powder has no iodine and no carrageenan. If true, does this mean I can have brewed coffee with Coffee mate and Equal sweetener ?

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forme
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Hi Mark,

I love and need my coffee with cream. I did a lot of research and called many local organic dairys. I talked to the folks there and asked about what is used to wash the cows teets. Most dairys use iodine, which is why the LID says no dairy.
The folks at Clover Organic Dairy do not wash the cows with iodine. So I felt fine with using their half and half in my coffee. I also had a bowl of rice krispies with their 1% organic milk. Organic Yogurt too. Whole Foods carries this dairy brand, just be sure to get the Clover Organics, since they also carry other Clover dairy brands. BTW, Whole Foods has the most items without iodine. Including frozen waffels and many other items. Helpful if you don't do much cooking.
I am sure that there are Whole Foods stores in Marin and the surrounding areas.
Good luck with the diet.

nasher
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thank you Forme... that is good information.

another reason they say no for milk is cows get salt licks and some of them have iodine in them or are sea salt.

I have also found if you call the makers of products a lot of times they have no clue why you would need to know so it may not be the correct answer either cause they just don't know that some process has iodine.

this info might also be something to mention to the people at thyca.org for there LID it might give them another way to modify the diet to make it easier on us.

MarinMark
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Thank you Forme and Nasher. So should it be concluded that the Original Coffee Mate has iodine even if the company says "none" ?

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alapah
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One source of iodine in milk may be the udder wash, but the diet fed to milk producing cows also factors into the iodine content. A dab in coffee is probably not too bad since it is a low-not-no iodine diet. Just wouldn't advocate using much dairy while on the LID regardless of the feed and caring of the cows.

From thyca.org: "Dairy products (milk, cheese, cream, yogurt, butter, ice cream, powdered dairy creamers, whey, casein, other dairy products). Note: Nondairy creamers often have iodine-containing ingredients, too. A study published in 2004 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism reported on tests of 18 brands of milk in the Boston, Massachusetts area. It reported that 250 ml of milk (about 8 ounces, or 1 cup, or 16 Tablespoons) contained from 88 to 168 micrograms of iodine and averaged 115 mcg. It noted that sources of iodine in milk include iodine in cattle feed, the products containing iodine used to clean teats and udders, and a small amount from equipment cleaning products."

MarinMark
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What about the sodium caseinate in coffee mate ? Is that forbidden ?

nasher
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sodium caseinate

chemical formula C2Na3H2O4

no iodine in it so it should be ok

MarinMark
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Thanks, Nasher. So many products have caseinate, and so some lists show to avoid caseinate. Very frustrating.

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