Goitrogenic foods, what are they and how they affect the thyroid

Ladies (and men too) check out this tip for optimal thyroid health! 

Have you heard of goitrogens?

These are components of certain foods that interfere with the uptake of iodine in the thyroid. The thyroid needs iodine to make thyroid hormone! Lack of iodine means a concern for low thyroid or worsening of a low thyroid condition.

Our thyroid is a gland that lies in our throat area and controls metabolism. It also sends feedback to other hormones which means our thyroid affects weight, appetite, sex hormones, stress hormones, energy, sleep, and so much more! 

I’m including a list of goitrogenic foods below but first, I want you to know I’m not suggesting to never eat goitrogenic foods. These are very nutritious foods especially helpful with detox!

The goal here is to educate around what to do if you do struggle with low thyroid or are trending that way based on blood work.

Also cooking these foods can decrease goitrogens! Steaming and boiling seem to be the best ways to reduce the goitrogen content. 

Here’s a list of foods that contain goitrogens:

-anything cruciferous like broccoli, kale, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, bok choi, and mustard greens 

-radishes, rutabagas, parsnip, and sweet potato


-some fruits and nuts too (although I wouldn’t suggest necessarily boiling these)

If you are struggling with low energy, thyroid issues, sleep, and other obvious hormone imbalances, OR, simply just want to start feeling fueled by the food you’re eating, you need to book a discovery call with me to hear about coaching!

This is a free call to talk about what your optimal health situation would look like and how I could help. Book a discovery call here.

For more info on goitrogens and an even more in depth list of foods check out this article! https://kresserinstitute.com/goitrogenic-foods-and-thyroid-health/

*this post is not medical advice 

In health,


Holistic Health Coach/Chef 

Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition


Published by Abigail E. Holistic

Holistic Health Coach and Private Chef

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