A report has found that higher intakes of dairy products are linked with a better iodine status in the body. A survey by Safefood found that Ireland’s 4-15-year-old girls had adequate amounts of iodine in their bodies measured against guidelines by the World Health Organisation. While iodine deficiency is rare in the Western world, it is an important mineral required in trace amounts for the production of thyroid hormones. These hormones are involved in many body processes including growth and regulating our metabolism. Iodine sufficiency is especially important given the need for iodine for the development of a baby’s brain in pregnancy and early life.