f you’re living with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis — an autoimmune disease that involves the body essentially attacking the thyroid — then you know how important it is to make choices that help you feel good every day. Trying to deal with symptoms such as weight gain, chronic fatigue, muscle weakness, joint pain, and more, can feel overwhelming and, on some days, defeating. So, it’s crucial to be aware of your daily behaviors, including what you’re choosing to eat.

The 5 foods listed below should raise a red flag to anyone with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Here’s why you should avoid or limit your consumption of them.

1. Cruciferous Vegetables – Avoid Them Raw

If you have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, think twice about eating these raw. This group of vegetables, including cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower, contain glucosinolates (substances known as goitrogens that disrupt the production of thyroid hormones). More specifically, these glucosinolates are blocking iodine, which is essential in making those hormones. Small amounts of raw goitrogenic veggies have not been found to aggravate the autoimmune thyroid, so don’t eat them raw. However,  and eating these cruciferous vegetables cooked is a much safer option.

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