Vegetables are the best for you, right?
Unless you have a thyroid condition and the veggies are of the cruciferous kind.
Cruciferous [krew-SIH-fer-uhs] vegetable family are named for their cross-shaped (crucifer) flower petals. (See the list below).
THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT THIS GOOD FOOD FAMILY
- There is much research that indicates that they may provide great protection against certain cancers while being packed with vitamins and minerals, plus great fiber too.
- They also contain antioxidants (particularly beta carotene and the compound sulforaphane).
- Cruciferous vegetables also contain indole-3-carbidol (I3C). This element changes the way estrogen is metabolized and may prevent estrogen driven cancers.
- And, one more! Cruciferous vegetables also contain a kind of phytochemical known as isothiocyanates which stimulate our bodies to break down potential carcinogens (cancer causing agents).
THE BAD NEWS FOR YOU WITH A THYROID CONDITION
Raw cruciferous vegetables contain thyroid inhibitors known as goitrogens.
Goitrogens cause difficulty for the thyroid in making its hormone which can support the creation of a goiter.
The isothiocyanates mentioned earlier appear to reduce thyroid function by blocking thyroid peroxidase and also by disrupting messages that are sent across the membranes of thyroid cells.
HOW TO ENJOY CRUCIFEROUS VEGGIES
This family of vegetables is problem for we who have thyroid problems when eaten in their raw form.
1. don’t eat them raw
2. limiting them in your diet
3. steaming, cooking or baking cruciferous vegetables will let you enjoy them once in a while!
LIST OF CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES
- African cassava
- Bok choy
- Brussels sprouts
- Chinese cabbage
- Collard greens
- Daikon radishes
- Millet (grain)
- Mustard greens