Goitrogenic Foods

Goitrogenic Foods

How Healthy Foods Can Cause Weight-Gain

Goitrogenic foods include; kale, spinach, collard greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, radishes, anything with soy, mustard greens, tempeh, tofu, millet, turnips, peanuts, pears, pine nuts, peaches, strawberries, sweet potatoes, canola, rutabagas, and kohlrabi.

If you have low thyroid, hypothyroid, hashimotos, adrenal issues, or other hormonal imbalance, eating or drinking (as in smoothies) copious amounts of goitrogenic foods can cause extreme weight gain. How do I know this????  It happened to me when I was making green smoothies daily when I had cancer and ended up gaining over 50 lbs from a green smoothie fast.

I was later diagnosed with low thyroid but the incompetent doctor (most are) didn’t test for Hashimotos or adrenal issues, which I suspected.  Most doctors are quick to suggest iodine or supplements containing iodine, although this is NOT a good idea for those with Hashi’s.  When I had taken anything with iodine, my symptoms had worsened and I developed a goiter.  Iodine is NOT the best answer for everyone and the majority of doctors I have found are not completely educated on how to properly test the thyroid (search out a doctor that is an expert).

My advice to you on using goitrogenic foods is to rotate your veggies, especially in smoothies, and use Goitrogens sparingly. Steaming the vegetables will also reduce the goitrogenic properties.

For those with low thyroid or adrenal issues, use Goitrogens sparingly.  Also, don’t assume that when someone is overweight that it has to do with diet and exercise because that is NOT always the case. Hormonal imbalance will cause someone to become extremely overweight even when eating a perfect (non gmo, organic) diet and exercising.


  1. Quit a few of the listed items have been sited as good for anyone with Autoimmune Disease. I read your suggestion for eating them sparingly and also cooking them. I have several autoimmune issues (including Hashimotos) plus I’m a diabetic. I recently ordered your book Healing through Detox and I’m looking forward to reading it. Just wondering if I should eliminate the amount of the food you listed bc I eat a lot of the “green” produce you mentioned and Strawberries/Peaches (next to Pineapple) are my favorite fruit.

    • admin

      If they don’t bother you and you eat sparingly, then it is fine. I had huge problems with the goitrogens, which caused me to gain huge amounts of weight since I was juicing too much spinach and kale on a juice fast. Important point is to rotate the goitrogens. Keep in mind I am not a doctor and this is only my opinion based upon my own experiences with using goitrogens and research into those with low thyroid/goitrogens.

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