Dr Oz: Cruciferous Vegetables Affect Thyroid
Dr Oz explained that there are certain health foods that can actually harm your thyroid. He had his audience members bring in their grocery lists and then started with the cruciferous vegetables, pointing out that many people had them listed.
He then showed two audience members the thyroid gland, explaining that it’s positioned in your throat and is supposed to make thyroid hormone. When you take too many of the greens, it causes the thyroid gland to enlarge, blocking the hormones from getting out of the thyroid gland. It can cause fatigue, hair loss, and weight gain in some people.
The good news is that if you cook your vegetables, such as by steaming them, then it reduces the thyroid-enlarging chemical.
Dr Oz: Raw Peanut Warning
Dr Oz then moved on to talk about nuts, saying that raw peanuts actually contain the thyroid-enlarging chemicals as well. If you usually like to eat raw peanuts or peanut butter, Dr Oz suggested replacing them with roasted peanuts, roasted peanut butter or other raw nut butters like almond butter. One of the women said she actually enjoys almond butter and finds it to be more filling.
Dr Oz added that he actually didn’t even include peanut butter in his Total 10 plan because people have a hard time eating it in moderation.
Dr Oz: Toasted Flax Seeds
Lastly, Dr Oz talked about flax seeds. One of the women said she tried using flax seeds in a smoothie but claimed they had a bit of a fishy taste. Dr Oz then said the thyroid gland needs iodine to work, and raw flax seeds prevent the thyroid gland from getting enough iodine. So instead, he suggested toasting them for five minutes and adding them to a salad.
The women tried the toasted flax seeds and said they tasted like sunflower seeds, were crunchy, and had less of that fishy taste one woman claimed to get.