I think most people who suffer from thyroid disorders know about goitrogenic foods and how they are bad for the thyroid. I know that it was one of the first things I learned when I was first diagnosed years ago. I was always told that if you cooked these types of vegetables, then it wasn’t a big deal to eat them (though, now I’m reading mixed opinions on that).
It’s strange, but now that I am paying closer attention to my body, I can notice a difference in how I feel when I consume foods like broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. Whenever I eat these foods (both fresh and cooked), I get this tense, tight feeling across my throat. On the outside, on my skin, not on the inside, like a constricting of the airways. It’s only a slight sensation and never really stood out to me. Actually, for the longest time, I thought I was just imagining things, until I was talking to one of my friends about it and she said that that feeling is actually quite common. Another lesson that once we start paying attention to our bodies and listening to what it has to say, there will be certain cues that we’ll start noticing.
What are Goitronenic Foods?
According to Wikipedia:
Goitrogens are substances that suppress the function of the thyroid gland by interfering with iodine uptake, which can, as a result, cause an enlargement of the thyroid, i.e., a goitre.
Yeah. I’m already freaked out enough about an enlargement of my thyroid gland (which I have), and I certainly don’t want it to get any bigger. I am constantly asking my hubby if he can visually see an enlargement. He assures me he can’t.
See, I told you I was neurotic!
Anyways, I have started avoiding goitrogenic foods, but just the other day when I was perusing Dr. Sara Gottfried’s site, I came across her list of thyroid-suppressing foods and there were some that I didn’t know about! Pears, peaches, and strawberries? GAH! Most of these I can do away with no problem. But some of them make me very sad.
According to Dr. Sara, here’s the foods we should avoid or minimize, especially in their raw form, if we are suffering from thyroid issues:
- Soybeans (and soybean products such as tofu, soybean oil, soy flour, soy lecithin)
- Pine nuts
- Strawberries :(
- Pears :(
- Peaches :(
- Bamboo shoots :(
- Sweet Potatoes :(
- Bok choy
- Brussels sprouts
- Chinese cabbage
- Choy sum
- Collard greens
- Kai-lan (Chinese broccoli)
- Mustard greens
- Radishes :(
- Rapeseed (yu choy)
Right now, I’m avoiding most of these foods, except for the occasional addition to my diet. I’m definitely not eating as much broccoli and cauliflower as I once was. I’ve had to find other veggies to take their places, which has been a little hard, considering I really love those two!
For those of you who don’t suffer from any thyroid problems, eat up! Here are two of my favorite lactofermented vegetables, and sadly, I can’t have either one of them (remember, fermenting actually increases the goitrogens in certain vegetables):
What are your feelings on goitrogenic foods? Anything on this list surprise you? Do you avoid these foods altogether? Have you noticed a difference in how you feel with eliminating these foods? How about when you eat them? Do you notice a difference in how you feel? Leave a comment below!