Do You Need to Give Up Cruciferous Veggies When You Have Hypothyroidism?


If you have hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), you may have been told to avoid cruciferous vegetables — such as kale, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts.

Cruciferous vegetables have been shown, in certain situations, to interfere with how your thyroid gland uses iodine. Using iodine effectively is necessary for normal thyroid function.

It’s not clear, though, if eating cruciferous vegetables in moderation has any harmful effects on thyroid function in people without thyroid disease. And many people with hypothyroidism can safely incorporate these foods into their diet.

Here’s what you need to know about cruciferous vegetables and hypothyroidism — the effects these veggies can have on your thyroid, whether you should avoid them, and how to weigh the risks and benefits of eating them.


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