Thyroid cancer is often treated with Radioactive Iodine Therapy, and it is very important for those undergoing this therapy to bring down the body’s iodine levels before they start. This means eating a low iodine diet for a short while in preparation, and avoiding all foods that are high in iodine. Iodized salt is a good place to start.
This in turn means avoiding most processed or packaged foods as these usually have iodized salt added to them. Also rich in iodine and to be avoided are foods like sea salt, seaweeds and sea vegetables, seafood, red dye #3, packaged baked goods, egg yolks and whole eggs, chocolate, potato skins, beans, soybeans, and soy products, and all dairy products.
There are still plenty of great-tasting, nourishing foods you can eat on this diet, like fresh fruits and veggies, nuts, seeds and nut butters and milks, healthy oils like olive oil, and lean proteins. Below are some of our favorite recipes that just happen to fit into a low iodine diet. You’ll quickly see that it really doesn’t have to be dull.