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The underactive thyroid diet is a topic that is up for a lot of discussions! But prior to rushing for the thyroid diet plan, it is of utmost importance to know about hypothyroidism.
According to studies, the prevalence of hypothyroidism, the condition where the thyroid gland becomes underactive, in India is 11%, compared with only 2% in the UK and 4·6% in the USA.
Although incurable, hypothyroidism or thyroid issue as a whole is found to be manageable with the right balanced-diet and lifestyle changes.
The thyroid diet plan basically forbids the inclusion of certain cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, turnip.
If you are suffering from hypothyroidism and wondering what foods are safe to consume include as a part of thyroid diet plan towards effective treatment of hypothyroidism treatment; then this FREE Truweight Nutritionist Consultation on thyroid treatment is just for you!
Goitrogens and their Effects on Hypothyroidism Treatment
A ‘Goitrogen’ is a term used to describe substances that interfere with the thyroid gland function. Goitrogens can be from different origins like drugs, chemicals or even food.
These substances block the uptake of iodine by the thyroid gland and disrupt the thyroid hormone production.
Since iodine is an essential nutrient in the synthesis of thyroid hormone, many believe that eating foods that contain goitrogens can inhibit thyroid function leading to underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism. These foods can further aggravate the symptoms of thyroid function.
One of the major symptoms of poor thyroid function is weight gain. This blog of ours explains the inter-relationship of thyroid and weight loss in great detail.
Foods to be included in the Thyroid Diet Food Chart
Although we can’t say about a permanent cure for hypothyroidism, however, the right diet can help manage the disease better.
So here we come up with foods that needed to be included and the foods to be avoided in a diet for the hypothyroid patient.
5 Recommended Super Foods for a Hypothyroid Diet
- Fish and seafood
- Whole grain foods
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Dairy products
Know more about the above foods in the video below
5 Foods to Avoid while following a Hypothyroid Diet
Here is the list of foods to avoid while following a thyroid diet chart. Remember that while following a thyroid diet chart, the foods to be avoided are as important as the foods that are recommended. So go through this list and keep them away for the sake of your thyroid gland.
Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, barley, oats and their food products. The main drawback of consuming gluten by hypothyroid people is that it hampers the gut system and causes body inflammation.
This affects the immune system and makes the immune system attack body’s own thyroid. This readily enhances hypothyroidism.
2. Processed Foods
Processed foods can be the villains in hypothyroidism. However, that doesn’t mean they are good otherwise. We might think that increasing the salt intake can better the iodine condition of hypothyroidism.
But that isn’t true. Firstly, the salt content of processed foods is very high and that salt does not necessarily contain iodine. Moreover, the processed foods that contain added sugar inhibits the conversion of T4 to T3, which isn’t good for hypothyroidism.
3. Cruciferous Vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, turnip, bok choy, mustard greens, and watercress contain a substance called ‘thiocyanate’ that in very high concentrations can interfere with iodine absorption.
Hence, physicians advise against them as a part of a planned diet for hypothyroidism. Hence a thyroid diet plan should clearly concentrate on the levels of intake.
For a normal individual with normal thyroid hormone levels eating cruciferous vegetables has far more health benefits than the potential risk to worsen thyroid function.
Eating these foods in normal amounts in the cooked form should be continued. One must avoid believing the myth to avoid all cruciferous vegetables to promote thyroid health.
Too much consumption of raw cruciferous vegetables can have an adverse effect in individuals with iodine deficiency or those with hypothyroidism.
Including coffee in a hypothyroidism diet may be crucial because there is evidence about coffee inhibiting the absorption of hypothyroid medications.
So avoiding coffee, especially before taking thyroid medications is nutritionist recommended.
Alcohol should be avoided in a diet for thyroid patient. It has been scientifically proven that Alcohol suppresses the functioning of thyroid gland.
Moreover, Alcohol causes cellular toxicity.  It has been reported by The University of Maryland and Medical Center that reducing or avoiding alcohol can significantly reduce hypothyroidism symptoms.
For an individual suffering from hypothyroidism, consumption of usual amounts of these foods only minimally raises the risk of worsening the symptoms of the thyroid.
Did you know?
- Processed soy products could be restricted in a diet for hypothyroidism. Instead, fermented soy like tofu or miso can be incorporated in moderation.
- Millets are rich in many nutrients and phytochemicals and can be incorporated into the daily diet in moderation. Millets were observed to impact thyroid function only when these were consumed as the staple food in large quantities.
- Using iodized salt regularly and including iodine-rich seafood can help to provide the required iodine for thyroid function.
HypoThyroid Diet Chart from our Nutritionist, based on Truweight’s products
The Bottom Line
Wondering what to include in your thyroid diet? You can eat a variety of whole foods rather than avoiding specific foods.
Cruciferous vegetables have many important health benefits. If you have an uncontrolled hypothyroidism and are also deficient in Iodine then consider a restriction of these nutrient-rich vegetables.
1. What are the common causes of Hypothyroidism?
A. The most common hypothyroidism causes are:
Afterbirth hypothyroidism in women.
Wrong Medication and Drugs
Due to an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
It can also be caused by Virus.
2. What are the symptoms of Hypothyroidism?
A. Fatigue, weakness, cold, excess weight gain, constipation, dry skin, muscle weakness, puffy face, elevated levels of blood cholesterol, tenderness in the muscles are common symptoms of thyroid.
3. What are the Sources of Hypothyroidism or Diet?
A. Understanding the sources of thyroid is important for immediate control of hypothyroidism.
4. What foods to include in the hypothyroid diet chart?
A. Priya (one of our expert nutritionists) recommends the inclusion of mixed nuts, brown bread, fruit bowl, brown rice, multi grain roti, mint jeera buttermilk, cucumber carrot juice, green tea, ginger tea, low fat milk with turmeric, in the diet chart for hypothyroidism.
Inspiring Story of a Truweight Client with Hypothyroidism
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Chief Nutritionist, Truweight
Suhasini Mudraganam is a leading food scientist who was instrumental in designing the Truweight Food plan. She has done her MS in Nutrition from University of Missouri, USA and has over 14 years of global experience.