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How To Kick Your Thyroid’s Ass: Update to Goitrogens and Soy, A Double Oy

Post Published: 19 June 2009
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Category: How To Kick Your Thyroid's Ass, thyroid nutrition and health column
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Dear Thyroidians: update to Sunday’s Article, How to Kick Your Thyroid’s Ass, Goitrogens and Soy, a Double Oy. You asked, you dished, you engaged and Liz heard each and every one a’ youse.

I think it’s important to touch on the possible effectiveness of cooking goitrogenic foods in order to destroy the harmful chemicals that are known to inhibit thyroid hormone absorption and also potentially cause a goiter.   Because there is no clear consensus on how long goitrogenic foods should be cooked in order to eliminate the chemicals, and because it is not clear how much of the chemicals are actually destroyed in the cooking process, I chose to not include this in the article.   However, I realize now that I should have at least touched on it because it’s important for us to know that at least there are theories out there about this.   Personally, I choose to limit my goitrogen intake, whether these foods are cooked or raw, but I’d encourage you all to continue your own research with this (even though from what I have read, the experts and/or the science usually seem to conflict or claim different things).   Thank you to my commenters for pointing this out to me — I appreciate you people!!,   Thanks for reading and being so invested in these articles!

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3 Responses to “How To Kick Your Thyroid’s Ass: Update to Goitrogens and Soy, A Double Oy”

  1. Teresa says:

    I had read that cooking only destroys 1/3 of them. I have only recently found out that several things I was ingesting on a daily basis were goitrogens.

    I test normal, so I am seeing if I can help my thyroid by not getting in its way! Unfortunately, my doctor thinks he knows what’s wrong so he’s not interested in looking for anything. =( He thinks I “just eat too much”. And I get to pay him for that… =( You don’t get triglycerides of 65 by sitting in front of the TV and eating bon bons…

  2. Enid says:

    DON’T get me started on soy!!

    I was a vegetarian/vegan for about 10 years and I consumed massive amounts of Textured Vegetable Protein (processed soy) and tofu. I thought I was being so “smart” by avoiding ‘real’ food… what was I thinking??

    Then, I used a very concentrated soy powder sold for use against hot flashes when I was in my mid-40’s. I only used it about 6 months but it was during a period of great stress in my life.

    In my mid-50’s I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. I have NO history of thyroid disease in my family. Did soy contribute to my current health status? Maybe no but just as ‘maybe’ YES. My gut (which is a very close friend to my thyroid) says it did.

    There is a reason the Asian diet uses primarily fermented soy. There is no reason the US diet needs to contain primarily processed, refined soy. Oh wait, yes there might be one rea$on.

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