View Full Version : Hypothyroid and goitrogens
03-27-2009, 09:45 PM
I was wondering how many of you, that have a hypothyroid, stay away from the gotrogenic veggies? I was looking online the other day and stumbled upon a site that listed all the foods you should stay away from with lowered thyroid function.
Spinach!! Carrots!! Strawberries!!
I eat these things almost daily, definately 3-4 times/wk. Other things I eat occassionally (kale, broccoli, cauliflower etc.), but these 3 are gonna be hard to stay away from! Maybe is this why my thyroid is still not getting any better?
And, if no kale and spinach for smoothies, what are your favorite greens for smoothies? Romaine and all those salad greens are fine, but I get sick of them. Haven't been too adventerous to try others yet.
Between my food sensativities, and now this, ugh, I feel so limited.
Tell me, what's in your smoothies???
03-27-2009, 11:38 PM
I answered this in your other post. Yes, I generally stay away from them. I might have a few bites of coleslaw on occasion. A few shreds of cabbage in a tossed salad. Might have one small piece of cauliflower.
I didn't know carrots, and strawberries were goitrogens. I do eat carrots almost every day. Rarely eat the others.
I don't do smoothies. I don't like to drink my food.
ETA: I have looked at several lists. I do see radishes listed but not carrots.
03-28-2009, 08:33 AM
I dont avoid them at all, and I know veganforlife has said that she doesn't either.
There are a bazillion threads here about it...
A quick banana search will yield lots of threads, many of them filled with bickering and controversy.
In short, you have to decide for yourself.
I healed my thyroid in short order on a pretty "goitrogen" heavy raw diet. Lots of kale, lots of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage. I wasn't going out of my way for them, but I never once avoided them.
You just have to decide what works for you and do that.
Best to you.
03-28-2009, 10:30 AM
hypothyroid to me just seems like a slowed function of your body, like metabolism, that can be treated via proper nutrition.
03-28-2009, 12:58 PM
I just did a bana searcg and you are right! Lots of differing experiences and opinions. Every body ius different and I guess that would include this as well.
"hypothyroid to me just seems like a slowed function of your body, like metabolism, that can be treated via proper nutrition. "
Where this is often times true, I feel my situation is slightly different than thed norm. I produce PLENTY (to the point of looking hyper on bloodwork) of thyroid hormone. My problem lies in inability to convert that hormone into the usable form. I have read recently that it is in part due to a selenium and/or zinc deficiency, but have no other proof of that for me. What else would cause this and is it purely a nutritional/supplemental thing or is it "genetic" per se??
I wrote about this aspect of my question in the health related forum cause I wasn't sure if i would get into it here.
I am glad to hear that others have been able to continue to eat these foods, I will eat what I feel like then.
Does anyone know how goitrogenic veggies actuallyy work? Like, how does it actually supress the thyroid?
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