Goitrogens are substances that suppress the function of the thyroid gland by interfering with iodine uptake.

Which Foods Contain Goitrogens?

Certain foods have been identified as goitrogenic. These foods include:

  • Soybeans
  • Pine nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Millet
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Radishes
  • Horseradish
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Broccolini
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Canola
  • Cauliflower
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Collard greens
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mustard greens
  • Rapini
  • Rutabagas
  • Tatsoi
  • Turnips

Foods That Boost Thyroid

Some foods and drinks have an opposite effect on the thyroid gland–that is, they stimulate thyroid function rather than suppressing it; examples being avocado, coconut, and saturated fat.

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Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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