How do I avoid goitrogens?
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!