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20 Apr 2004

UNDER ACTIVE THYROID AND FOODS TO AVOID
If I have an under active thyroid, which foods should I eat in moderation. I love peanut butter and tend to eat lots of it. I also eat allot of butternut, apples, kiwi, tomato, avo, rye, chicken and ostrich. Any of these a problem? Which nuts should I eat less of and which can I eat more of?
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Micka
If you are receiving thyroid hormone replacement therapy (Eltroxin), then dietary factors should not really make much of a difference if you eat a varied and balanced diet. Nuts and soya products may contain so-called 'goitrogenic factors' depending on how they are prepared or processed. Don't eat raw nuts that have not been roasted and buy high-quality soya products to avoid being exposed to these goitrogens. The best solution is to eat lots of different foods, to avoid the negative effects that some could have, while still being good foods and excellent sources of other protective nutrients (e.g. nuts contain monounsaturated fats, B vitamins, etc).
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