Hashimoto's Health Tip: Are You Up to Date on Goitrogens?
There are some things that are accepted as universal truths that have, in point of fact, been shown to not be all that true at all.
One important "universal truth" that has been spread is information about goitrogens.
Healthy and delicious vegetables like cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale and cauliflower have all gotten a bad name due to some old outdated ideas related to thyroid disease. "Goitrogen" is a word that was coined in the 1950's to describe something that causes the formation of a goiter, also knows as an enlarged thyroid gland.
The term can mean anything from suppressing the release of thyroid hormone to changing the way thyroid hormone is produced in the body to slowing the absorption of iodine.
With cruciferous vegetables, they are have been called "goitrogenic" because they have the potential to block iodine absorption.
This was a problem in the 1950's, as then, the primary reason for hypothyroidism was due to iodine deficiency.
Well, this is 2017 and the world has changed. Today, our world is awash with environmental toxins, radiation and plastics. All of which can impact our thyroids.
And public efforts have been made to add iodine to the salt supplies of most industrialized countries, Today, Hashimoto's has become the primary reason for hypothyroidism, responsible for the majority of cases of in the United States.
And the vast majority of inflammation in the thyroid is caused by Autoimmune thyroiditis (of which Hashimoto's is the most common). Thyroiditis means "inflammation of the thyroid". And even if you do have hypothyroidism due to iodine deficiency, you can still enjoy these vegetables as long as they are cooked or fermented. Cooking/fermenting will break down the iodine blocking content.
Soy Is The One Exception
There is one goitrogen that I do recommend avoiding with Hashimoto's, and that's soy. Because soy is heavily genetically modified and is a potent goitrogen.
Another thing to realize is that our food supply looks nothing like the 1950s, What this means is that old model is outdated.
Don't buy into outdated information. Steam, ferment and enjoy!