Although it was around 8 years ago now that I was diagnosed with thyroid disease, it was not until only recently that I found out that there were certain types of foods that I should have been avoiding.
Anyone out there who suffers from TD would know a thing or two about goiters and how, if your thyroid levels are out of wack, you may be prone to developing one of these nasty looking things.
So when I came across goitrogen foods I was surpised I hadn't heard of them earlier.
Gointrogens are foods that decrease thyroid function. Especially in those who suffer from hypothyroism, they can in fact induce hypothyroidism and the goiters that are associated with it.
So what foods are we talking about here?
Also included in the goitrogen category, even if mildly, are:
Many are members of the 'brassica family'.
Now, before you freak out totally, as these are heat sensitive, cooking them can help minimise or inactivate the goitrogenic compounds. So if you can't stand the thought of giving up your faves then just make sure you cook them before you eat them. Also, keep in mind that if you do decide to eat them raw, keep it to an 'occasional' thing, and they probably won't affect you at all. They key word here is 'moderation'.
What's your thoughts? If you suffer from TD have you heard about goitrogens before?