Is Corn Good for Hypothyroidism? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Corn is good for hypothyroidism. Because it has selenium and zinc and they can support thyroid function and metabolism.

Hypothyroidism is a condition that affects your thyroid gland, which is located in the front of your neck.

In hypothyroidism, your body does not produce enough thyroid hormones, which regulate your metabolism and many other functions.

This can lead to various health problems, such as weight gain, fatigue, depression, high cholesterol, and heart disease.

One of the key factors in managing hypothyroidism is diet.

What you consume can affect your thyroid function, which can impact your hypothyroidism symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage hypothyroidism, you should consume iodine, selenium, and zinc rich foods like cheese, eggs, Brazil nuts, and oysters, and avoid goitrogenic foods like soy, cabbage, and broccoli.

Now, corn is a cereal grain that is widely consumed around the world.

People usually eat it boiled, grilled, or as popcorn.

Corn is also used to make various products, such as corn flour, corn syrup, and corn oil.

Corn is good for hypothyroidism because it contains selenium and zinc, which are essential for thyroid hormone production and function.

One medium ear of corn can give you 5% and 3% of your daily needs of selenium and zinc, respectively.

Selenium can protect your thyroid gland from oxidative damage and enhance the conversion of thyroid hormones.

Zinc can boost your immune system and help regulate thyroid hormone levels.

Furthermore, corn is a low-glycemic index food and does not cause a rapid spike in blood sugar.

This is beneficial for hypothyroidism, as high blood sugar can worsen insulin resistance and inflammation, which can impair thyroid function.

You can eat one to two ears of corn per day safely.

More than that can cause digestive issues, such as bloating and gas, due to its high fiber content.

Also, you shouldn’t eat corn if you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, as it may contain traces of gluten from cross-contamination.

Because gluten can trigger an autoimmune response and damage your thyroid gland.

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

Always choose corn that has bright green husks and plump kernels.

Because these indicate freshness and quality.

You can store them in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

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

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