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Nitrates from carrots and kale feeding hypothyroidism? Has anyone seen this study?

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After thinking a lot about the goitrogenic veg question I decided that the benefits outweigh risks and I have been eating loads of carrots kale etc.

But today I was taken aback when I saw this study is anyone familiar with it?

Is this a different issue from the goitrogenic properties of cabbage and kale?

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Are you on thyroid hormone replacement? If so, it's doubtful you will be affected either by this or by goitrogens, as far as thyroid function goes. Goitrogens impede the uptake of iodine by the thyroid gland - apparently just like nitrates. If you don't rely on your thyroid for hormone, then it's not going to make any difference, is it. And, carrots have never been goitrogens, anyway. And, you would have to eat a hell of a lot of goitrogens for it to affect you - probably more than you could eat. :)

As for the cancer aspect, it sounds like water is a greater threat than the veggies.

Hey greygoose thanks for your reply! Yes I was very surprised by this ideas that carrots and beetroots might be bad for the thyroid. I am on 100 mcg levo and 12.5 mcg Liothyronine, and I think my thyroid is still doing some of the work. I dont have hashimoto but I know I have one small nodule and I have been worried about my neck feeling a bit enlarged lately. The article seemed to conclude that women eating lots of veg might be more vulnerable to thyroid diseases

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MissGrace in reply to assunta79

I have hashis. My thyroid’s pretty f**ked anyway. Bit too late for me to panic about carrots and broccoli! 🤸🏿‍♀️

I have eaten only organic vegetables for the past 12 years.

Just a thought my adopted parents were wholesale greengrocers so I was brought up on tons of vegetables. My mother lived to by 99 years without any thyroid problems my Dad to 92 years no thyroid problems.

When I then found my birth family in my forties they were nearly all affected by auto immune health problems. Since reaching my sixties so was I.

I don't actually think that carrots cause this in fact I am making carrot soup tomorrow.