This info is pulled from the LID guidelines on the Thyroid Cancer Survivor’s website. Some of it is verbatim, some of it is in my own words. Click here to go to their site. Please note that I am in no way taking credit for this information, just wanting to share what was passed on to me. And, as always, please remember that I am not a doctor — just your friendly neighborhood thyroid cancer survivor!
REMEMBER: You do NOT have to go “Iodine-Free”. Just LOW-Iodine. Your goal should be under 50 micrograms (mcg) of iodine a day.
Foods to avoid:
- Iodized salt, sea salt, and anything containing these.
- Seafood and sea products (fish, shellfish, seaweed, etc.)
- Dairy of any kind (milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, ice cream …)
- Egg yolks, whole eggs, or foods that contain whole eggs.
- Baked goods containing iodine/iodate dough conditioners or high-iodine ingredients. (Low-iodine homemade and commercial baked goods are okay.)
- Red Dye #3 (E127 in the UK)
- Most chocolate (because of the milk content). Cocoa powder and some dark chocolates are allowed.
- Some molasses (blackstrap). Unsulfured molasses is okay – sulfur does not relate to iodine.
- Soybeans and soybean products (tofu, soy milk, soy sauce …).
- One diet says to avoid some other beans like red kidney, lima, navy, pinto, and cowpeas.
- Some diets say to avoid rhubarb and potato skins (the inside of the potato is fine).
- Iodine-containing vitamins and food supplements.
- Check with your physician if you are taking any medication that contains iodine.
Foods you CAN eat:
- Fruits (some diets exclude maraschino cherries and rhubarb).
- Vegetables: preferably raw or frozen without salt (EXCEPT for soybeans and, in some diets, a few other beans).
- Unsalted nuts and unsalted nut butters.
- Egg whites.
- Fresh meat up to 6 ounces a day.
- Grain and cereal products up to 4 servings a day.
- Sugar, jelly, jam, honey, maple syrup.
- Black pepper, fresh or dried herbs, and spices.
- Oils (Including soy oil).
- Sodas, non-instant coffee or tea, beer, wine, other alcoholic beverages, lemonade, fruit juices.
- Read the ingredients on any and all packaged foods.
I lived off of raisins! I took a small Tupperware container and emptied a whole box into it and carried it with me everywhere I went. It fit in my purse, stayed fresh and was the perfect healthy snack to stave off those cravings.
Do you have any tips for making it through a low-iodine diet? Let us know below!
DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor. Anything I post on this site is intended for educational purposes, suggestions/tips, and to give encouragement to those out there going through similar things. It is not intended, nor should be interpreted, as medical advice or instructions of any kind. Any person viewing this information should consult their own medical professional(s)/doctor(s) for any and all matters involving their physical and mental health and well-being.