Patients who have been diagnosed with thyroid often wonder about the diet that need to follow or about the food items that need to include or avoid in their daily menu. Medical practitioners say that those with goitre should be more careful while planning their diet, as they have to stay away from certain food items and vegetables.
Vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and tapioca contain goitrogens that block the assimilation of iodine. Thiocyanate, phenols and flavanoids are some of the main goitrogens. Regular consumption of cabbage, tapioca and cauliflower disrupts the functioning of iodine, causing the growth of the thyroid gland. However, those who do not suffer from thyroid related diseases can include these in their diet. It has been proven that the above mentioned properties of these vegetables lower when they are cooked well.
Goitrogens are found in mustard seeds, corn and sweet potato as well. The thiourea contained in mustard could turn villain for thyroid patients. However, it doesn’t affect much as the usage of mustard is very limited in our cuisine. Some studies say that the chances of getting goitre are more if tapioca is consumed regularly.
The thiocyanate in tapioca can be quite harmful for thyroid patients. However, you could pair boiled tapioca with delicious fish curry as fish is a rich source of iodine.