Hypothyroidism – Foods you need to avoid

By on November 16, 2015

Before you go ahead and avoid eating certain foods which don’t go well with hypothyroidism, you need to know what hypothyroidism is all about.

It is a condition of hormone deficiency in which triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) hormones are not produced enough by the thyroid gland.  It can lead to obesity, infertility, heart diseases, depression, constipation, dry skin, menstrual problems, and joint pain.  Medicine is needed to treat this condition, but the need to avoid the intake of certain foods that can come in the way of your treatment is highly recommended, it can interfere or inhibit your body’s ability to absorb thyroid replacement hormone medicine.

Here is a list of those foods you may need to avoid to help manage your hypothyroidism.


Soy contains plant-based phytoestrogens in plenty and scientists say estrogen can interfere with thyroid hormone production and consuming too much soy can aggravate hypothyroidism by blocking the body’s ability to absorb thyroid hormone replacement medicine.  Moderate intake is suggested.

brocoli thyroid

Broccoli and cabbage

Intake of broccoli and cabbage can block thyroid from absorbing iodine which plays an important role in the production of thyroid hormone.  Iodine deficiency can aggravate hypothyroidism.  Limit your intake of cruciferous vegetables, don’t eat raw, and eat cooked.


Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and bulgur.  Intake of gluten can inhibit the body’s ability to absorb thyroid replacement medicine.  Care should be taken during thyroid treatment, take your medication few hours before or after eating food which is high in fiber.


People with hypothyroidism should avoid the intake of excess sodium for the fear of elevating blood pressure.  Packaged or processed foods contain excess sodium, read label before buying.  An intake of 1500 mg/day is recommended for people with a risk for hypertension, especially those with under-active thyroid who is at s greater risk for high blood pressure.

eating fat food


Intake of fatty foods can interfere in the absorption of thyroid hormone replacement medicines.  It can also inhibit production of hormones by the thyroid.  Foods that are high in fat like meat, mayonnaise, butter, and fried foods are a big No-No.


People with hypothyroidism have a low metabolic rate and hence breakdown of food particles are slower than normal.  Sugar is loaded with calories but with empty nutrition.  People with hypothyroidism are more prone to put on weight and sugar aggravates it.  Complete elimination or cutting down drastically on sugary foods is recommended for people with hypothyroidism.


Caffeine found in coffee can obstruct the normal absorption of thyroid hormone replacement medicine.  Caffeine can severely impair thyroid levels if it is taken with thyroid medication.  Refrain from do so.

drinking wine


People with under-active thyroid or hypothyroidism should avoid intake of alcohol.  It can severely impact thyroid’s ability to produce hormones.  Moderation or complete elimination of alcohol can go a long way in helping with hypothyroidism treatment.

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