Good question, MMM!
Goitrogens work by blocking the uptake of iodine by the thyroid gland... if you're getting your medication from a pill then it follows that iodine isn't critical for thyroid hormone synthesis, because the hormone is ready made in that pill.
Iodine is used elsewhere in the body, but strawberries are a crop that contains iodine naturally.
I don't eat strawberries unless they are organic.
Because organic strawberries are so expensive and difficult to find, I eat them rarely.
Aside from being goitrogens, the other problem with strawberries is the chemicals used to fumigate the soil before planting.
The fumigant used to be bromide based, which is bad not only for the thyroid (bromine is a halogen, which competes with iodine that the thyroid needs) but also for global warming (who knew?).
So California... in its effort to comply to its global warming rules, switched from methyl bromide to methyl iodide.
Which doesn't upset the carbon cart but does cause thyroid cancer.
Sometime last year public outrage got growers to stop using methyl iodide... and I stopped following the story because it was just getting too complicated and there's other things to eat that are less controversial that I don't have to bird dog.
As for other goitrogens...
I eat a LOT of Kale... which is a goitrogen... but I'm also careful to get adequate iodine,iron, selenium, copper and zinc... I also lightly steam the Kale in a pan, or blenderize it for green drinks and mix it with kefir water.
Both methods I feel help disable the goitrogens.
I don't know what you tell ya about the strawberries.
All I can do it tell you what I've done and why.
PS if you do decide to eat them, treat it like you would soy... keep it away from your thyroid meds by at least 4 hours.
Edited by: MZZCHIEF at: 1/28/2013 (19:14)
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