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Goitrogenic vegetables myth

These types of vegetables include broccoli and cauliflower. They are also known as cruciferous vegetables. They usually disrupt thyroid functionality, hence the word goitrogenic. Soy also falls in the group. The chemicals contained in the vegetables are responsible for interfering with the thyroid functionality.

Looking at Brassica vegetables such as cabbage and kale, the chemical mechanism prevents iodine from entering the thyroid. In fact, in the past, the primary cause of underactive thyroid was a deficiency in iodine. A deficiency in iodine prevented the thyroid from producing hormones.

Because of the above reasons, scientists and medical practitioners decided to solve the issue of iodine. Iodine was added to the salt supply and over time, cases of iodine deficiency were a thing of the past. However, as there was no more iodine deficiency, the rate of hypothyroidism sky rocketed. Salt eliminated hypothyroidism caused by iodine deficiency but caused an increase in hypothyroidism as a result of Hashimotos’.

The primary reason for the scenario was because the therapeutic index nutrient of iodine is low, implying that its use is beneficial in only limited dosage. Therefore, when one does not have enough of it or has excess of it, they experience thyroid problems.

Going back to Brassica vegetables, they are only useful in preventing iodine deficiency hypothyroidism as they absorb extra iodine from food. However, in Hashimotos’, individuals are not iodine deficient thus an excess in iodine plays a role in the condition.

Vegetables are thus important in detoxification purposes, but one should check to use only organic vegetables in the diet as non-organic have the potential of containing toxins. Therefore, individuals who are iodine deficient can consume vegetables but they should be cooked properly to remove their goitrogenic ability. The important thing to note is that when persons have thyroid conditions and treat them as required while avoiding diets that are triggers, complete alleviation of the symptoms is possible.

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