If I read another overstated caution to hypothyroids about low-carb diets by half-educated quacks I think i'll ... WRITE YET ANOTHER RANT. ;-)
There's a new pseudo-reason for people with poor thyroid function to eschew VLC -- I guess the nonsense about LC "causing hypothyroidism" has been efficiently branded as bullshit, and the wannabe-gurus are grasping at new straws! This time we hear that VLC is bad for us because [gasp] "insulin is required for proper thyroid-hormone conversion."
REALITY CHECK: if you eat adequate protein and are not T1-diabetic, there's plenty of insulin available for any reasonable process. BULLSHIT CALLED. AGAIN.
And even more BS (if one needs more evidence of inadequate competence in some circles) -- promoting foods such as sweet potatoes and yucca to a hypothyroid is just plain ignorant. They're GOITROGENS, you moron.
Not everybody NEEDS a VLC diet, but some of us feel much better on one, largely because our bodies react badly to higher blood-sugar, and to those mild toxins which other people praise as "antioxidants." Hormesis is only a good thing if you don't cross that poison-dose threshold, and for some of us that threshold is very low.
The symptoms of hypothyroidism can be induced by any significant insult to the body: surgery, infection, malnutrition, severe physical or emotional stress, "poisoning" by histaminergic foods and environmental factors, chronic lack of sleep, deleterious gut-bugs, and excessive exercise and low-calorie dieting among others. For self-anointed "experts" to proclaim a low-carb diet to be "stressful" is ... oh, i'm inclined to call it FUCKING STUPID ... but some people are offended by that kind of vehemence. It's not stressful to the body in and of itself, or a lot of hunter-gatherers wouldn't have been marvelously strong and healthy eating that way.
VLC eating is only "stressful" to people who jump into it without learning how to do it right, to those who have severely messed-up metabolisms, and to the suckers who have been sold the idea they can eat whatever they want and still lose weight and thrive on ANY kinds of food, so long as they take their multivitamin every day and limit calories. I.E., it's stressful psychologically if you think you're entitled to eat like an obesity-resistant young jock, and feel deprived. It's stressful if you've lost your metabolic flexibility and haven't taken the time to adapt to burning fat as a primary fuel. It's stressful if you eat nothing but muscle-meat every single day for extended periods. It's stressful if it's only a junk-food diet in low-carb clothes.
LIES like "the body requires carbohydrates" bring out the berserker in me. There is NOTHING we require that is in carbohydrate foods but can't be found in more absorbable and complete form in animal products. Anyone who says otherwise either has an agenda or ... is gullible enough to think that what is taught by BigPharm/BigAg-financed institutions is actually true.