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sealear 02-17-2011 09:54 AM

Hope someone can answer this,,,please!
I have hypothyroid....yesterday I learned there were certain foods you should stay away from.....NEWS TO ME. My doctor never said anything about this. So, I take 50 mcg of levothyroxine. I read about foods you should stay away from....well, I love peanut butter on my muffin EVERYDAY, I make smoothies with strawberries, blackberries and bananas EVERYDAY. I hope avocados are okay as I usually add them to my salad. I am hoping someone can fill me in if what I'm eating is okay....or okay just every now and then? I have been eating this stuff for years....almost on a daily basis. Why is it bad for you? Hope to hear from someone soon. This sucks.

cd37 02-17-2011 10:04 AM

Re: Hope someone can answer this,,,please!
Please realize that you have to eat over 1 one cup/day of goitrogenic foods (raw foods that can lower thyroid hormone levels) before you should even begin to worry.

Google "goitrogens" for a list of foods, if you are curious. And, remember, they are goitrogenic ONLY if eaten raw....

Since you are taking meds to compensate for low thyroid hormone levels, you really don't need to worry about the foods you eat - the hormone replacement meds are dosed to get your levels to a certain place so, if you've been eating these foods since before starting meds - again, no worries.

The one food item you want to avoid is soy - it wreaks havoc with thyroid function in general. A little here and there (as an ingredient in processed foods) shouldn't be problematic but eating tofu and such on a regular basis is a no-no.

sealear 02-17-2011 10:23 AM

Re: Hope someone can answer this,,,please!
Thank you for the quick reply! This thyroid stuff is for the is unbelievable how your thyroid works....or doesn't work. I will google the foods. Thank you so much. Have a nice day.

cd37 02-17-2011 10:59 AM

Re: Hope someone can answer this,,,please!
Anytime :)

Before my Dx, I had no idea what the thyroid did. Now that I understand the "whole-body" effect it has, I definitely agree that dealing with thyroid issues is for the birds - lol. Still, I'll "take" thyroid disease over some of the other horrible diseases out there....kind of like dealing with the devil I know vs. the devil I don't know. :)

midwest1 02-17-2011 01:06 PM

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Here's my 2...
Goitrogenic foods should only be avoided by someone who feels her thyroid is not working up to par but who can't get diagnosed. It's true that even moderate amounts of goitrogenic food can severely affect an already low-functioning gland. This was true for me when I added flaxseed to my diet after my thyroid was failing, just before my diagnosis. It just about destroyed what was left of my low natural function.

But once someone is diagnosed and has reached optimum FT4/3 levels, they no longer have to restrict moderate amounts of any of those foods. The goal is, after all, to normalize body functions. In other words, if a thyroid-healthy person can eat sensible portions of raw goitrogens every day, so should an optimally-treated thyroid patient be able to. The list of goitrogenic foods is long, and they're all otherwise healthful foods. It's fool-hardy to think you can never eat them again for the rest of your life. Once you reach optimal treatment, you should no longer consider yourself a thyroid "victim" who can't live a normal life.

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