If you have a slightly underactive thyroid, you may have been given a list of foods to avoid for a short period of time to help reverse the issue. Foods you have been told are harmful to a productive thyroid and may have been a part of your regular diet. Last week, I mentioned there were three specific food groups that I need to eliminate or greatly limit in my diet for a 90+ day period to restore issues I am having with my thyroid. Cruciferous vegetables were top of the list of foods I am supposed to avoid to eliminate internal inflammation. Nuts are the second food group I am supposed to temporarily avoid. Walnuts, pecans, almonds, peanuts need to be kept to a bare minimum consumption for me. Like cruciferous vegetables, I have a love affair with, especially, peanuts I cannot shake. Luckily, I am able to consume no more than 1 ounce daily during this time period. I won’t divulge how much I used to eat.
Honey Roasted Peanuts
Here is the issue with nuts for me: honey roasted peanuts not just plain ole peanuts. If you notice anything about my food groups to avoid thus far, it is the fact they are high in fiber. Excellent sources of fiber are being eliminated from my daily intake in record numbers. I understand fiber is more difficult for the system to digest. Thus I need to eat foods easy to digest so my body does not work so hard while I attempt to fix the problem with my thyroid.
While honey roasted peanuts have an higher sugar content than raw peanuts, they satisfy the sweet cravings void of unhealthy processed sugar. So again, I am wondering why such wise choices are causing me so much harm. And again, I emphasize it is not the foods I am eating, but yet an underlying issue derived during an extremely difficult pregnancy causing my thyroid to slow. These foods, in particular, are now exacerbating the underlying issue. By eliminating these foods, I can potentially reverse the problem and resume eating my delicious cruciferous vegetables and nuts again.
Even when I resume my normal eating habits, I will need to limit my honey roasted peanut intake to approximately 1 ounce daily. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends eating no more than 1 to 2 ounces daily of honey roasted peanuts for them to be part of a healthy diet. Since honey roasted peanuts are rich with B vitamins: riboflavin and folate which help turn food into energy, I will continue to eat them during my 90+ day regime, but only maximum 1 ounce. Other benefits honey roasted peanuts provide me include helping form strong bones with its manganese and phosphorus; and its magnesium is pertinent to nerve function as well as muscles.
Of course, many of you may think to yourself, “Aren’t honey roasted peanuts high in fat?” Yes, they are, but not bad fat for the most part. Your body needs fat, carbs, proteins to function adequately. The Mayo Clinic recommends keeping your saturated fat intake to 16 grams and total daily fat intake to 44 grams to help prevent heart disease and other health concerns. An ounce of honey roasted peanuts has the following fats:
- 23g total fat
- 3g Saturated fat
- 0g Trans fat
- 8g Polyunsaturated fat
- 12g Monounsaturated fat
Considering pretty much all of my fat intake is derived from my peanut consumption, I am well within my daily fat consumption eating no more than 1 ounce daily.
Back to the sugar content of honey roasted peanuts, it contains approximately 8 grams of sugar per ounce. 24 grams of sugar is the recommended daily limit for women according to the American Heart Association. Hence, barring my other sugar intake, which is very minimal, nuts are my primary source of both fats and sugar daily.
What foods that are good for you have you ever had to eliminate or temporarily avoid from your diet, if any?