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  • An important part of radioiodine treatment – allows radioiodine to enter thyroid cells (normal or cancerous that were not visible to the surgeon or could not be removed)
  • Generally started 2 weeks before the radioactive iodine therapy for thyroid cancer patients.
  • Usually needs to be continued until the whole-body-scan is completed (7 days after the radioactive iodine is given)
  • The goal is to have < 50 micrograms of iodine per day for that period.
  • It usually means you should eat homemade food using ingredients in the “allowed” column while avoiding the “not allowed” ingredients.
Food GroupAllowedNot Allowed
DAIRYNoneIce cream, cheese, milk, yoghurt, sour cream
EGGSNoneAll egg-containing products
SEAFOODNoneEspecially shellfish, kelp, sardines, canned tuna
SALTNon-iodized saltIodized salt, Sea salt
MEATS Fresh chicken, turkey or beefCanned, dried, salted, cured meats(sausage, ham, chipped beef, liver, beef stew, bacon, TV dinners, pizza, chilli, lunch meats
GRAINSHomemade rice, Oatmeal, Unsalted crackers, Rice cakes, iodine-free bakery productsRegular bread, processed cereals, pancakes, cookies, pastries, salted crackers, instant oatmeal
FRUITSFresh fruits & raisinsPrunes, canned fruits, dried fruits
VEGETABLESFresh or frozen vegetablesCanned vegetables
  • Avoid chocolate, molasses, soy products, Restaurant food & Asian food
  • Avoid food or medicine containing iodine or red dye (many vitamin-mineral supplements)
  • Any food that has any of these ingredients:

Iodates or Iodides

Algin or Alginates



(such as Store-bought bread or bakery products because they are made with iodate bread conditioners)

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