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If You Have Hypothyroidism, Avoid These Foods

Understanding Goitrogens and Hypothyroidism

Goitrogens are substances that can interfere with thyroid function and potentially lead to a goiter (enlarged thyroid). This is especially important to note if you have hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid).

Foods to Limit or Avoid:

  • Cruciferous vegetables: Broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, etc. (Small amounts cooked/steamed may be okay.)

  • Soy products: Tofu, tempeh, edamame

  • Cassava, lima beans, sorghum, sweet potatoes, flax seeds, millet

  • Onions

  • Gluten (especially if you have a sensitivity or intolerance)

Important Notes:

  • Cooking cruciferous vegetables can reduce their goitrogenic effects.

  • Sea kelp may lessen the impact of goitrogens.

  • Avoid foods that deplete selenium, iodine, iron, and vitamin A, as these nutrients are important for thyroid health.

Foods for Thyroid Health:

  • Selenium and Iodine: Seafood, sea kelp, sea salt

  • Iron: Red meat, animal products

  • Vitamin A: Egg yolks, butter, cod liver oil, beef liver

Last updated: Mar 22, 2024 19:11 PM