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“Milk does the body good” continues to ring true in 2023 with new research. A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition discovered the majority of pregnant women in the U.S. aren’t meeting iodine consumption recommendations. And even mild iodine deficiencies can impact a developing baby’s IQ. However, dairy can offer a solution.

The National Dairy Council funded a study that found pregnant women who consumed between two and three servings of dairy daily had better iodine consumption. Iodine’s role in brain health has been identified as the most preventable cause of intellectual disability in the world. The mineral is naturally present in dairy foods through a cow’s diet. A diet rich in dairy foods is a smart health decision for pregnant women.

Read more on these studies and the national dairy checkoff here.


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