Broccoli Bad for Us?

What affects 20 million Americans but up to 60% of them do not know it is a problem? No, it’s not forgetting to use your turn signal/blinker – but for my sake, please use it! It is thyroid conditions. Even if you are eating a healthy diet full of vegetables and fruit, you may accidently be blocking your thyroid from functioning properly.
Some very healthy foods contain natural chemicals that cause the thyroid gland to enlarge by interfering with thyroid hormone production. These natural chemicals are called Goitrogens.
Foods that are sources of goitrogens include [cruciferous group of vegetables] cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, onions and other sources – corn, sweet potatoes, lima beans. Cruciferous vegetables have anti-oxidants and are cancer protective so we don’t want to exclude them from the diet. By steaming these vegetables lightly, you retain the protective benefits and inactivate the goitrogens.
Another goitrogen source is soy. Excess consumption of soy can affect thyroid function, but is generally only a problem in those taking synthroid or other thyroid replacement medication. You should know that if you eat soy foods at the same time that you take thyroid hormone, they may interfere with its absorption. To be safe, do not eat soy within three hours of taking your medication. Moderate soy consumption should not be a problem – that means one serving a day of whole soy products, such as one cup of soy milk, ½ cup of edamame, a ½ cup of tofu, soy protein (tempeh), or crispy soy nuts.
Overall, use the moderation rule with these very healthy foods. Avoiding them completely means you miss out on the beneficial compounds and fibers, so find a balance that does not overdo it, and make them a consistent and regular part of your diet