Hi, here is the list of goitrogens that I promised Azurablue. It's the one I printed out and stuck on my fridge when I was very hypo. Don't know if you're going to be able to read it here (although you could always down-load it and enlarge it, or even print it out yourselves), so here is the list in type :
Babassu (a palm-tree coconut fruit popular in Brazil and Africa)
Chick peas (garbanzos)
Flaxseed (this is up for debate, do a Google seach)
Herbs of the Barbaresa and Residea families
Leafy greens (turnip greens, mustard greens, collard greens)
Légumes (beans and peas)
Millet (cooking seems to INCREASE goitrogenic effect)
Peanuts (roasted are probably ok)
Pine nuts (Pignoli)
Rapseed (oïl) - from which canola is derived
SOY in all its various forms - AVOID
As you can see, it's a long list. There are things on there that I wouldn't dream of eating (like millet!) and I don't even know what some of them are! But that's the list.
Now, I hear you cry, if I give up all that, what will I eat?!? Well, you don't have to give them all up, because not all of them are going to affect you. Just find out which ones do and avoid those.
There's a lot of talk about cooking or fermenting the foods to make the goitrogens inactive. Fermented soy should be ok to eat, but beware, not all soy sauces are fermented like they should be! However cooking does not always work. In fact millet gets more potent when it is cooked ! The thing to remember is that we are all different, so what affects me won’t necessarily affect you, and vice versa. For example, peaches, strawberries and pears are all goitrogens. But I can eat peaches with no problem. I can eat one or two strawberries without any ill effect. But just one bite of a pear and I’m ill for 24hrs !! And as for soy, I can’t come within a mile of anything containing soy in any form, without being ill for several days. How ill ? Well, it’s like being extremely hypo and starting flu at the same time – aching, shivering, crying, aching all over, etc. etc. etc. To be avoided ! So, where goitrogens are concerned, I behave like a rat – I nibble a little bit then lie down for a while to see how I feel. If no effect, I try a bit more, et ainsi de suite. Now I know I can eat cabbage, and almonds and peanut butter, but not walnuts or maize.
Bon appetit! Grey
PS I forgot to mention on the list that green tea is also goitrogenic. Plus, all types of tea contain a high level of fluoride, which is also bad for the thyroid. Sorry about that!