How do I avoid goitro­gens?

Good Health (Australia) - - Be Nourished -

AGoitro­gens are found in cru­cif­er­ous veg­eta­bles, such as broc­coli, cabbage and cau­li­flower, soy and a grain called mil­let. Goitro­gens can in­ter­fere with the syn­the­sis of thy­roid hor­mones, al­though this usu­ally only oc­curs when cou­pled with an io­dine de­fi­ciency. Re­search has found that peo­ple who take ex­ces­sive amounts of soy prod­ucts, usu­ally via sup­ple­ments, are more likely to have hy­per­thy­roidism. This doesn’t mean that you need to avoid soy foods. It’s safe to have one or two serves of soy foods, like tofu, soy milk or faux meat each day. It’s also im­por­tant to note that the goitrogenic ef­fect of cru­cif­er­ous veg­eta­bles is erased when they are cooked, so don’t let this be an ex­cuse not to eat your broc­coli!

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