Is Avocado Bad for Hypothyroidism? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Avocado is good for hypothyroidism because it has healthy fats and fiber. They can help improve heart health, vision, bone health, depression, digestion and more. Avocado also provides some iodine from the vitamin E and folate in the fruit.

Hypothyroidism is a condition that affects your thyroid gland, which is a small, butterfly-shaped organ in your neck that produces thyroid hormones.

Thyroid hormones are essential for regulating your metabolism, which is the process of converting food into energy.

In hypothyroidism, your thyroid gland doesn’t make enough thyroid hormones.

This can lead to various health problems, such as fatigue, weight gain, increased blood cholesterol level, increased sensitivity to cold, constipation, dry skin, puffy face, hoarseness, muscle weakness, joint pain, irregular menstrual periods or amenorrhea, dry hair or hair loss.

One of the key factors in managing hypothyroidism is diet.

What you consume can affect your iodine intake, which is a mineral that your thyroid gland needs to produce thyroid hormones.

Iodine-rich foods include iodized salt, seaweed, fish, eggs, dairy products and more.

You should avoid iodine-deficient foods such as soy products and some fruits and vegetables if you have hypothyroidism to prevent iodine deficiency.

Now, avocado is a type of berry that contains a wide range of nutrients, such as monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

People usually eat avocados as a healthy snack or add them to salads, sandwiches, smoothies and more.

Avocado is good for hypothyroidism because it contains healthy fats and fiber, which can help improve your heart health, vision, bone health, depression, digestion, and more.

Avocado also provides some iodine from the vitamin E and folate in the fruit.

(amount of avocado you can eat per day safely) can give you (about 30 grams of avocado), which is (22% of the daily value for vitamin E and 41% of the daily value for folate)5.

Vitamin E can help protect your cells from oxidative stress and inflammation caused by low thyroid hormone levels.

Folate can help support your DNA synthesis and repair and prevent anemia caused by low thyroid hormone levels.

Furthermore, avocado is a (fruit) and fruits are good for hypothyroidism because they contain (antioxidants) and they can (reduce inflammation and oxidative stress).

You can eat (1/2 avocado) per day safely.

More than that can cause (calorie excess) and (potassium excess), which can affect your blood pressure and kidney function.

That’s why I suggest you limit your avocado intake to (1/2 avocado) per day and stick to (1-2 servings of iodine-rich foods) per day to minimize iodine deficiency in hypothyroidism.

Also, you shouldn’t avoid avocado if you have hypothyroidism to prevent nutrient deficiencies.

Because avocado is a nutritious and versatile fruit that contains healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

You can buy fresh avocado in your local market or can order it from online.

Always choose organic or locally grown avocados.

Because they are less likely to be exposed to pesticides and other chemicals.

You can store them in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze them for up to three months.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing/dealing with hypothyroidism effectively.

I always recommend my hypothyroidism patients to follow a hypothyroidism-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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