Thyroid UK
82,761 members97,783 posts

Does any food cause high antibodies or just gluten?

Just wondering as I finally figure the reason why I was so ill this summer. I ate strawberries/ tomato sauce all summer. I had nasty coughing sometimes while eating feeling like choking and pain all over my body. Every muscle was hurting and was barely able to walk without wanting to lay down and die.

I used to get hives from strawberry this year did not so figured it is ok to eat some. And did put some into smoothie at least twice a week. And had minced meat in tomato sauce pretty much every day.

(My hives can disappear for months when I mix baking soda to lotion and use that for few days. Had bad hives all spring and remembered baking soda lotion trick)

I did not even know strawberry /tomato could be big no no for hashi!

Just wondering can it be any food? My dietitian did not know except about gluten.

9 Replies

Didn't realise food caused antibodies, can you give me a link where I can read more?


Justiina, Foods and gluten don't cause antibodies. Antibodies are recruited by the body's immune system to fight invader bacteria and viruses. Sometimes the immune system gets it wrong, sees the body's own tissue as an invader and turns the antibodies against it. Antibodies are highest when they've been battling the real or perceived invader.

Gluten is widely thought to cause leaky gut which may trigger autoimmune responses. Coeliac disease is an autoimmune response to gluten intolerance.

Strawberries are goitrogens. Goitrogens are foods which reduce thyroid function.

Tomatoes are nightshades. A lot of Hashi and hypothyroid patients develop intolerance to a variety of food groups ie, dairy and/or nightshades, sugar.

Not all Hashi/hypo patients will be sensitive to any, or all of the above. Blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are not goitrogens so maybe you could gorge on those instead :)

1 like

Yeah that's what I tried to ask... I got myself tested when i was feeling super ill and wondering if it shows in the test ,that can it cause my thyroid levels and antibodies to be strange.

This is my second proper test ever and last time during testing I was feeling okish yet had high antibodies. But will see when I get the results does it show I was/had been for weeks, in so bad condition.

I wish I could talk with people in finnish. Asking stuff in English is sometimes hard. But we don't have forum like this. All proper books are in English too, none translated. Makes it a bit heavy to read especially if there is a lot of medical stuff and those words naturally are a bit unfamiliar to normal person.

I am sorta overwhelmed as the first time I heard about hashi was 8 months ago and I have been ill for 15 years so I am really eager to learn and get info. Fortunately this forum is good source of proper info.

Thanks :)


Justiina, some of the stuff I've tried to read might as well be written in Urdu for all I can make of it. I used to use 2 tablets, 1 to read from and the 2nd to Google 'translations' of terms I didn't understand.

In case you haven't seen these:


I have read that the protein in gluten is very similar to the protein in the thyroid gland. If an autoimmune response is triggered by eating gluten it can lead to your body getting confused and attacking the thyroid. Will look into it more, see if I can find a link.


Midnightblue, that gels with what I've read. Be interested in the link if you find it.


Just googled around and found lots and lots of references to it. The antibody response lasts up to 6 months from when you have eaten gluten. This is why I am so careful to avoid gluten.

Quote from the link -

What explains the connection? It’s a case of mistaken identity. The molecular structure of gliadin, the protein portion of gluten, closely resembles that of the thyroid gland. When gliadin breaches the protective barrier of the gut, and enters the bloodstream, the immune system tags it for destruction. These antibodies to gliadin also cause the body to attack thyroid tissue. This means if you have AITD and you eat foods containing gluten, your immune system will attack your



Midnightblue, thanks, bookmarked it this time :)


You can become allergic or intolerant to almost anything you eat or drink so its best t take care. Personally I am intolerat to maize so as its used as the blking agemt in tablets I have to be very careful what I take.


You may also like...