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Foods to limit if you have a slow thyroid:

Cruciferous vegetable - a vegetable of the mustard family: especially mustard greens; various cabbages; broccoli; cauliflower; Brussels sprouts

Mustard greens, Indian mustard, leaf mustard, mustard - leaves eaten as cooked greens

Cabbage - any of various types of cabbage

Broccoli - branched green undeveloped flower heads

Cauliflower - compact head of white undeveloped flowers

Brussels sprouts - small cabbage-like heads or buds growing along a stalk

Broccoli - slightly bitter dark green leaves and clustered flower buds

Kohlrabi, turnip cabbage - fleshy turnip-shaped edible stem of the kohlrabi plant

Radish - pungent fleshy edible root

Turnip - root of any of several members of the mustard family

 

Iodine-rich foods are good to include in your diet.  However, do not take an iodine supplement without your doctor's consent.  And since there's a delicate balance involved, I don't indulge the seaweed - check with your doctor.  Oh, and I use the "Lite" salt with iodine - only a smidgeon. 

Iodine-rich foods:

- Iodized salt or sea salt
- Seafood, including fish, shellfish and seaweed
- Dairy products, including milk, cheese, ice cream and yogurt
- Eggs
- Bread products made with iodate
- Foods containing Red Dye Number 3
- Prepared food products that contain iodides, algin, alginates, carrageen or agar 

Food

Serving

Iodine (mcg)

Salt (iodized)

1 gram

77

Cod

3 ounces*

99

Shrimp

3 ounces

35

Fish sticks

2 fish sticks

35

Tuna, canned in oil

3 ounces (1/2 can)

17

Milk (cow's)

1 cup (8 fluid ounces)

56

Egg, boiled

1 large

29

Navy beans, cooked

1/2 cup

35

Potato with peel, baked

1 medium

63

Turkey breast, baked

3 ounces

34

Seaweed

1 ounce, dried

Variable; may be greater than 18,000 mcg (18 mg)

*A three-ounce serving of meat is about the size of a deck of cards.

  FOOD

  IODINE CONTENT
  (micrograms per 100 grams of food)

Salt (iodized)
Seafood
Vegetables
Meat
Eggs
Dairy products
Bread and cereals
Fruits

3000
66
32
26
26
13
10
4

 

 

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