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Best & Worst Foods for Hypothyroidism

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A person’s diet can have a significant impact on the symptoms of hypothyroidism. Some foods can improve the condition while others can make it worse or interfere with medications.

The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland in the throat. Having hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, can slow down metabolism, cause weight gain, fatigue, depression and forgetfulness. It can also increase your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.

This article lists good and the worst food and food that can be taken in moderation to maintain your thyroid health.

GRAINS

Good

  • Oats
  • Whole wheat
  • Brown rice
  • Buckwheat (kuttu ka atta)
  • Amaranth
  • Quinoa

In moderation

  • Barley
  • Ragi

Bad

  • Bajra
  • Sorghum (Jawar)
  • Foxtail
  • Corn flour

Worst

  • Refined flour
  • Soy flour

PULSES & LEGUMES

Good

  • Chickpeas (chole)
  • Black chickpeas (Black chana)
  • Brown rice
  • Kidney beans (rajma)
  • Lentil

In moderation

  • White beans
  • Black beans
  • Moong dal
  • Cow peas
  • Black eye beans (lobia)

Bad

  • Soyabean
  • Lima beans

VEGETABLES

Good

  • Carrot
  • Bottle gourd (Lauki)
  • Tomato
  • Squash
  • Peas
  • Bell peppers
  • Sea weeds

In moderation

  • Onion
  • Broccoli (cooked)
  • Asparagus
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Sweet potatoes

Bad

  • Turnip
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Mustard green
  • Cassava
  • Bok choy

FRUITS

Good

  • Banana
  • Jack fruit (Cuthhle)
  • Pineapple
  • Musk lemon
  • Pomegranate
  • Citrus fruits
  • Indian gooseberry (Amla)
  • Apple

In moderation

  • Strawberry
  • Pears
  • Cherries
  • Blueberries

Bad

  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Avocado

OILS

Good

  • Pure coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Ghee
  • Almond oil
  • Fish oil
  • Flaxseed oil

In moderation

  • Rice bran oil
  • Canola oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Cheese
  • Butter

Bad

  • Mustard oil
  • Soybean oil
  • Corn oil
  • Palm oil
  • Cotton seed oil
  • Peanut oil

Worst

  • Hydrogenated oil
  • All refined oil

NUTS & SEEDS

Good

  • Walnuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Almonds
  • Flax seeds (alsi)
  • Chia seeds
  • Musk melon seeds
  • Brazil nuts

In moderation

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Cashew
  • Pine nuts
  • Pecan
  • Pistachios

Bad

  • Peanuts

OTHER BEST FOODS

Dairy

  • Curd
  • Low fat milk
  • Unprocessed cheese
  • Pure ghee
  • Butter milk (chaach)

Non-veg

  • Eggs
  • Chicken
  • Salmon fish

Spices

  • Cinnamon
  • Turmeric
  • Coriander
  • Garlic
  • Dry ginger
  • Black pepper
  • Long pepper

VITAMINS & MINERALS





Food items Sources
Ashwagandha
IodineEggs, dairy, seaweeds, fish and iodised salt
ZincPeas, chicken, nuts and seeds
SeleniumOats, legumes and eggs
Vitamin DMilk, curd, orange, sun light
Omega 3Flax seeds, fish oil, chia seeds, hemp seeds
B complexWhole grains, fish, eggs, milk, nuts and beans
ManganeseWhole grains, nuts and seeds
Vitamin CCitrus fruits
Vitamin EHealthy oils
ProbioticsCurd, kimchi, fermented food (idli, dosa, dhokla)
CalciumMilk and oats

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