Level 1 Hyperthyroid Healing Diet Yes No List

Level 1 Hyperthyroid Healing Diet Yes No List

YES. Feel free to eat it unless if you have a known allergy or sensitivity

NO. Avoid it for now. Depending on the food you might be able to reintroduce it at a later date.

MODERATION. You can eat it in small amounts for different reasons.  For example, some foods have moderate amounts of iodine and so you don’t want to overdo it, while others are higher in oxalates.

MAYBE/NOT SURE (M/NS). This food might be tolerated, but I haven’t found enough information to come to a firm conclusion. So it might be best to avoid it for now, especially if you’re following a Level 3 Hyperthyroid Healing Diet.

HIGH IODINE.  For those foods very high in iodine I not only put an “N” next to it, but I also mentioned that it’s high in iodine.  I will say that some people can tolerate some of the seafood that’s very high in iodine, especially if they are minimizing other foods higher in iodine.  But because I don’t know who will tolerate it and who won’t I put an “N” next to any food that has greater than 100 mcg of iodine.

HIGH OXALATE. For more information on high oxalates check out Chapter 16, but I’ll say here that while you shouldn’t regularly eat high quantities of foods that are very high in oxalates (i.e. spinach), the main goal of the chapter was to bring awareness when it comes to higher oxalate foods.  And so I can’t say that I’ve had all my patients with hyperthyroidism follow a lower oxalate diet over the years, and most still have received great results.

LEGUMES/GRAINS. Even though properly prepared legumes and certain grains (pressure-cooked white basmati rice, millet, sorghum) are allowed, ideally you want to limit them to two to three times per week. So, for example, you can have pressure-cooked beans twice per week and pressure-cooked white basmati rice once per week, or the allowed grains twice per week and lentils once per week, etc. But as I mentioned in Chapter 7, if you’re not a vegetarian or vegan, I would consider taking a break from grains for at least a couple of months.

abalone N (high iodine)

açaí Y

adzuki beans Y (properly prepared)

agave N

alcohol N

allulose M/NS

almonds N

almond milk N

almond butter N

almond flour N

amaranth N

anchovy Y

anise seed (seed-based spice)

annatto seed (seed-based spice)

antelope Y

apple Y

apple cider vinegar Y

arrowroot Y

arrowroot powder Y

artichoke Y

artificial flavors  N

arugula Y

asparagus Y

aspartame N

avocado Y

avocado oil Y

bacon Y

baking soda Y

balsamic vinegar Y

banana Y (in moderation because higher in sugar)

barley N

basil leaf Y

bass, fresh water Y

bay leaf Y

beech mushroom Y

beef Y

beets Y  (in moderation because of the oxalates)

beet greens Y  (in moderation because of the oxalates)

beet sugar N

bell pepper N

bilberry Y

bison Y

bitter melon Y

black beans Y (properly prepared)

black cumin Y

black tea N (for the first 30-90 days)

black-eyed peas N

blackberries (in moderation because of the oxalates)

bladderwrack N (high iodine)

blueberries Y

blue crab N

bok choy Y

Brazil nuts Y

bread N (including gluten free)

broccoli Y

brown rice syrup N

Brussels sprouts Y

buckwheat N

burdock Y

butter N

buttermilk N

button mushroom Y

cabbage Y

calendula Y

cane sugar N

canola oil N

cantaloupe Y

caramel N

carob powder Y

carrageenan N

carrots Y (in moderation)

cashews N

cassava Y

catfish Y

cauliflower Y

cayenne pepper N (nightshade-based)

celery Y (in moderation because of the oxalates)

celery juice Y (in moderation because of the oxalates)

celery seeds N (seed-based spice)

chamomile Y

champagne N

cheese N

cherries Y

chestnuts N

chia N

chicken Y

chickpeas N

chicory Y

chili peppers N (nightshade-based)

chili powder N (nightshade-based)

chives Y

chlorella M/NS

chokeberry P

cilantro Y

cinnamon Y

clams, shucked (in moderation because of the iodine)

clams, canned N

clementine Y

cloves Y

coconut Y

coconut aminos Y

coconut butter (in moderation)

coconut cream Y

coconut flour Y

coconut milk (emulsifier-free) Y

coconut oil Y

coconut sugar M/NS

coconut water Y

coconut yogurt Y

cod N (high iodine)

cod liver oil Y

coffee N (for the first 30-90 days)

collard greens Y

coriander leaf Y

coriander seed N (seed-based spice)

corn N

corn syrup N

cottage cheese N

cottonseed oil N

crab Y (in moderation because it’s higher in iodine)

cranberries Y

cucumber Y

cultured grass-fed ghee P

curry leaves Y

curry powder N (nightshade-based)

dandelion Y

dark chocolate Y

date Y

deer Y

dried fruit (in moderation)

duck Y

dulse N (high iodine)

edamame N

egg white Y

egg yolk Y

eggplant N

einkorn N

elderberry Y

elk Y

erythritol N

fennel Y

fennel leaf Y

fennel seed N (seed-based spice)

fenugreek N (seed-based spice)

figs Y

flaxseeds Y

flounder Y

fruit juice N

garbanzo beans Y (properly prepared)

garlic Y

gelatin Y

ghee Y (in moderation)

ginger Y

goat Y

goji berries N

grapefruit Y

grapes Y

greater plantain Y

green banana flour (in moderation because of the oxalates)

green beans Y (properly prepared)

green tea Y (in moderation because of the caffeine)

guar gum N

haddock N (high in iodine)

halibut Y

hazelnuts N

hemp seeds N

herring, Atlantic Y  (in moderation because it’s higher in iodine)

hibiscus Y

honey (in moderation)

honeydew Y

honeysuckle Y

horseradish Y

hot peppers N

huckleberries Y

inulin Y

jellyfish M/NS

Jerusalem artichoke Y

jicama Y

kale Y

kefir (coconut milk) Y

kefir (dairy) N

kefir (water) Y

kelp N (very high iodine)

kidney beans Y (properly prepared)

kimchi, non spicy Y

king crab N (very high iodine)

king mackerel N

kiwi Y

kombucha Y (check ingredients)

konjac Y

kudzu Y

lamb Y

lavender Y

leeks Y

lemon Y

lemon balm Y

lemongrass Y

lentils Y (properly prepared)

lettuce Y

lima beans Y (properly prepared)

lime Y

lion’s mane mushroom Y

lobster N (very high in iodine)

macadamia nut oil Y

macadamia nuts Y

mackerel, Atlantic Y (in moderation because of the iodine)

mahi mahi M/NS

maitake Y

maltodextrin N

mandarin Y

mango Y

maple syrup, pure Y (in moderation)

mct oil Y

milk N

millet Y

mineral water Y

minnow M/NS

mint Y

molasses Y (in moderation)

monk fruit (luo han guo) M/NS

moringa Y (in moderation)

monosodium glutamate (MSG) N

mung beans Y (properly prepared)

mushrooms Y

mussels N (very high in iodine)

mustard greens Y

mustard seed N (seed-based spice)

natural flavors N

navy beans Y (properly prepared)

nectarine Y

nitrates or nitrites (naturally occurring are OK) P

nori Y (in moderation because of the iodine)

nutmeg N (seed-based spice)

nutritional yeast Y

oats N

octopus Y  (in moderation)

okra Y (in moderation)

olive oil Y

olives Y

onion Y

orange Y

oregano leaf Y

ostrich Y

oyster N (very high in iodine)

oyster mushroom Y

palm oil (look for ethically and sustainably sourced) Y

palm sugar M/NS

papaya Y

paprika N (nightshade-based)

parsley (in moderation because of the oxalates)

parsnips Y

pea M/NS

peach Y

peanut oil N

peanuts N

pear Y

pecans Y

pepper (black, green, pink, or white) M/NS

pepper (red) N (nightshade-based)

peppercorns N

peppermint Y

phosphoric acid N

pine nuts N

pineapple Y

pinto beans Y (properly prepared)

pistachios Y

plantain Y (in moderation because high in oxalates)

pollock Y

pomegranate Y

poppy seeds N

pork Y

portobello Y

potato N

potato onion Y

psyllium husk Y

pumpkin Y

pumpkin seeds (sprouted) Y

quail Y

quinoa N

rabbit Y

radicchio Y

radish Y

raisins Y

rapeseed oil N

raspberries Y (in moderation because high in oxalates))

raw cane sugar N

raw sugar N

rhubarb N (high oxalate)

rice N

rice bran syrup N

rose hip Y

rosemary Y

rutabaga Y

rye N

safflower oil N

saffron Y

sage Y

salmon Y

salt (in moderation)

sardine Y

sauerkraut (check ingredients) Y

scallion Y

scallops N

saccharin N

sea cucumber Y

sea salt Y

sesame seed N

shallot Y

shiitake Y

shrimp, without shell and boiled, (in moderation)

snail N (high iodine)

snapper M/NS

snow pea M/NS

sole M/NS

sorbitol N

sorghum Y

sourdough bread N

soybean oil N

soybeans N

sparkling water Y

spearmint Y

spinach Y (in moderation because it’s very high in oxalates)

spirulina M/NS

squash Y

squid Y (in moderation because it’s higher in iodine)

stevia M/NS

strawberries Y

sucralose N

sudachi Y

summer squash Y

sunflower oil N

sunflower seeds (sprouted) Y

sweet pepper N

sweet potato Y (in moderation because it’s high in oxalates)

Swiss chard Y (in moderation because it’s high in oxalates)

swordfish N (high in iodine and mercury)

tamarillo N

tangerine Y

tapioca Y

tapioca flour, powder, or starch Y

taro Y

tea, green or black (in moderation)

tea, herbal P

teff N

tempeh N

thyme Y

tiger nut Y

tilapia Y (in moderation)

tofu N

tomatillo N

tomato N

triticale N

trout Y (in moderation)

tuna Y (in moderation because it’s high in mercury)

turkey Y

turmeric Y

turnip Y

turnip greens Y

vanilla bean M/NS

vanilla extract Y

vegetable juices Y (in moderation)

walleye, fresh water Y (in moderation)

walnut oil M/NS

walnuts Y

wasabi Y

water Y

water chestnut Y

water kefir Y

watercress Y

watermelon Y

wheat (all varieties) N

whey N

whey protein isolate N

whipping cream N

white wine vinegar Y

wild rice N

wine (for drinking) N

wine (for cooking; if alcohol will be cooked off) In moderation

winter squash Y

xanthan gum N

xylitol N

yacón Y

yam Y

yeast (brewer’s, baker’s, nutritional) Y

yeast extract  N

yogurt N

yuca Y

zucchini Y