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Foods to Avoid With Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, also called Hashimoto’s disease, is an autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid gland. The immune system mistakes thyroid gland cells for foreign intruders and destroys them. Over time, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis leads to hypothyroidism, wherein the thyroid gland stops working properly. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is heredity and typically affects women twice as often as men, according to Jerome M. Hershman, M.D., Certain foods are best avoided by those with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, including high fat meat and dairy products and foods containing iodine.

Red Meat

High levels of low-density lipoproteins -- LDL cholesterol associated with hardening of the arteries, heart disease and stroke -- often occur in patients with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, according to the MayoClinic.com. Untreated Hashimoto’s thyroiditis can lead to cardiac hypertrophy and in some cases heart failure. For this reason, it is best to avoid foods that may contribute to the buildup of low-density lipoproteins in the blood. These include saturated fats that come from animal sources such as red meat and poultry with the skin left intact, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.

Seaweed

Once Hashimoto’s thyroiditis triggers hypothyroidism, too much iodine can cause the symptoms to worsen. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis cannot be cured; it can only be controlled through medication, according to the American Thyroid Association. Therefore to keep hormone levels balanced, it is best for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis patients to avoid foods that are high in iodine. Seaweed provides the highest amount of iodine per serving -- from 16 to 2,984 mcg per serving, depending on its content, and should be avoided by Hashimoto’s thyroiditis patients.

Dairy Products

Dairy products such as whole milk, ice cream, cheese and butter are also high in saturated fats and need to be avoided by those with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Certain plant foods also deliver a good deal of saturated fats, including coconut oil, palm kernel oil and palm oil. A diet that emphasizes olive oil, whole grains and nuts offers a tasty alternative for a saturated fat-heavy diet, according to Dr. Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health.

Iodized Salt

Iodized salt is another food item that delivers a significant amount of iodine per serving. According to the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements, 1/4 tsp. of iodized salt provides 71 mcg of iodine per serving and needs to be avoided by those with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Iodized salt can be replaced with herbs or salt replacement products.

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References

    MayoClinic.com: Hashimoto's Disease; February 2011
    American Thyroid Association: Hypothyroidism
    Merck Manuals Online Medical Library: Hashimoto's Thyroiditis; Jerome M. Hershman, M.D.; June 2008
    Harvard School of Public Health: The Nutrition Source: Fats and Cholesterol: Out with the Bad, In with the Good
    National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: Iodine; April 2011
    Harvard School of Public Health: The Nutrition Source: Ask the Expert: Controlling Your Weight; Dr. Walter Willett


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What about sea salt? Is that okay verses iodized salt?
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I had read that as a rule iodine isn't naturally occurring in sea salt but I would read the label anyway because some of the companies are iodizing their sea salt product.



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I have hypothyroidism... translation (I worried myself overweight). Just started taking a synthroid lost 10 lbs first week.
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