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Chocolate and Acne

by Harroon Ishtiaq |

It's not the chocolate nor the greasy fries

It's the salt on those fries. Yes, it is salty foods and food high in iodides that are the culprit in making acne worse. Here's a list of foods typically high in iodides. We tell people to not go crazy around eliminating these foods, just be aware of eating too much of them. For example, we had a client who was almost clear. She came into our clinic all broken out and we couldn't imagine what was going on - I asked her if she was eating a lot of seafood or seaweed. She said, "why yes, I'm sprinkling kelp on my food every day." As you can see by the chart, kelp has the most iodide of any food. We got her off the kelp and her skin cleared again.

Iodide Contents in Food (parts per million of iodide)

Iodized Salt (1/4 tsp) - 100
Seasoned Salt - 40
Sun Evaporated Salt - 30
Uniodized Salt - 19

Beef/Liver - 325
Turkey - 132

Kelp - 1020
Cod (3 oz) - 87
Squid - 39
Crab - 33

Asparagus - 169
Broccoli - 90

Cheddar Cheese Spread - 27
Milk - 11
Butter - 26
Mozzarella Cheese - 13

Tortilla Chips w/ salt - 80
Potato Chips w/ salt - 40