Products I Used on LID



LID Products

LID products

LID Groceries

*Please follow the directions for LID your doctor gave you. There are some variations in LID guidelines. I was not given any instructions for LID by my doctor and so I followed the LID diet guidelines on

LID Products

Barley – barley is a delicious grain that can be used in soups or salads.


Beans – great protein source while on LID. There are some restrictions on certain kinds of beans, but black beans and garbanzos are considered to be fine. You can find unsalted canned beans, but it’s more economical to just cook dried beans at home and season with kosher salt. It’s easy to do in the crockpot.


Bonne Maman Cherry Preserves – goes great with peanut butter.

Cherry Preserves

365 Brand Cashew Butter – This is a delicious nut butter from Whole Foods.

Nut Butters

Coconut Milk – great for making curries (both Thai and Indian). Coconut milk can also be used to make a non-dairy “whipped cream.” Coconut milk can also be used as a coffee creamer in a pinch.

Coconut Milk

Daiya – dairy free cheese substitute shreds (mozzarella) -This is a suitable cheese substitute. The shreds are fine for LID, but the slice are not. This in no way tastes like cheese. : ) But, it’s better than any other vegan cheese I have ever tasted and it does not contain soy ingredients. It does melt and add a cheese-like creaminess.


Egg Beaters 100% Egg Whites – Whole eggs and egg yolks are not allowed on LID, but egg whites are fine. I used Egg Beaters 100% Egg Whites to make omelettes, migas, and scrambled egg whites.  I also used this product for my Chicken and Noodles recipe.

Egg Beaters

Earth Balance Soy-Free Buttery Spread – This stuff tastes good. Salt is listed in the ingredients list, but I called the company and was told that they do not use iodized salt. As always, read labels before buying product. I could have sworn I picked this product up last year while on LID and sea salt was listed as an ingredient.

Earth Balance Soy Free

Fruit – With the exception of rhubarb, you can eat any fresh (or frozen) fruit. Here are some of the fruits you can eat on LID:  Bananas, apples, kiwi, peaches, pears, all berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, etc…), pineapples, mangoes, cherries (not Maraschino cherries, though because of the red food dye), all citrus (oranges, lemons, grapefruit, limes, mandarin oranges, clemantines, tangerines, etc…), grapes, pomegranates, figs, papaya, avocados, plums, persimmons, and melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, etc…). Seeing it all written out helps me to think about everything that I can have on a low iodine diet instead of what I cannot have.

IMG_7196 (Edited)

Girl Scout Cookies – Thanks-a-Lot – Several Girl Scout Cookies are LID-friendly. Thanks-a-Lot, Lemonades, Peanut Butter Patties, and Thin Mints are all vegan and do not contain iodized salt.


Hunt’s No Salt Added Diced Tomatoes

Hunt’s No Salt Added Ketchup – This stuff wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I just added some kosher salt to it to make it taste more like regular ketchup.

Hunt's No Salt Added Ketchup

Hunt’s Tomato Paste (contains no salt)

Ken’s Steakhouse Zesty Italian dressing – this dressing is great to have on hand for salads (and to use as a marinade). There are several Ken’s salad dressings that are suitable for LID>


Keebler Club Crackers – a variety of Keebler crackers with allowed ingredients (don’t get the cheese flavored ones) are safe for LID. In addition to Club crackers, Keebler Zesta saltines, Town House Original crackers , Graham crackers are also fine. As always, read ingredient lists.

Club crackers

Kitchen Basics Unsalted Beef Stock – this stock is delicious. I used it to make Beef Stew and it was rich and tasted great. I would buy this product even when I’m not on LID.

Beef Stock

Kosher Salt – Kosher salt does not have iodine. This is a low iodine diet, not a no salt diet. Your body needs salt to live and if you do not consume salt, there will be severe consequences. I have heard tales of people ending up in the hospital because they didn’t consume salt on LID. Kosher salt can be easily found in the grocery store next to the table salt.

Kosher Salt

La Banderita Corn Tortillas – I don’t know what I would have done without these tortillas.

Corn Tortillas

Newman’s Own Tomato & Basil Spaghetti Sauce – Newman’s Own brand items do not contain iodized salt. As long as there are no other non-allowed ingredients, Newman’s Own products are fine to eat while on LID.


Old El Paso Crunchy Taco Shells – Old El Paso products do not contain iodized salt. These tacos shells are fine for LID. Filled with seasoned ground beef, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and salsa, tacos make for a quick and easy meal.

Taco Shells

Oreos – Oreos are vegan and as long as they are a flavor that doesn’t contain prohibited ingredients, they are acceptable for LID. Regular, Double Stuff, Golden Oreos are all great little pick-me-ups.


Pan 100% Natural Peanut Butter – I called the consumer information number on the package (1-800-222-7370) and inquired about the salt in the product. I was told that ConAgra Foods does not use iodized salt in their products and if they did, it would be labeled as “iodized salt” in the ingredients list. Yay!


Progresso Unsalted Chicken Broth – contain no added salt. Great for soups, risotto, mashed potatoes, etc…

Progresso Chicken Broth

Publix Country Style Hashbrowns – Peeled potatoes are allowed on LID. Thank goodness. I was happy to see that my store brand hashbrowns did not contain salt. Make sure you  read labels. The hashbrowns were delicious cooked in a little olive oil and served alongside scrambled egg whites.


Publix Non-Dairy Creamer – My store brand plain non-dairy creamer did not contain salt or seaweed products (carrageenan), but the other flavors did. Read labels. This product does contain sodium caseinate (a milk derivative). On some lists, it is considered an ingredient that is not allowed on LID. Other lists (NIH) say foods with milk ingredients are allowed in very small amounts. It is a LOW iodine diet, not a NO iodine diet, afterall. I figured that since I was only drinking coffee with this non-dairy creamer once a day, it was something I was comfortable consuming. Of course, you should follow the directions for LID your doctor gave you.

Coffee Creamer

Rapunzel No Salt Added Vegetable Bouillon – I bought this vegan vegetable bouillon at Earth Fare. It was great to have on hand to make soups.


Ingredients for Sopa Ranchera IMG_3655 (640x480)

Rice Noodles – I found these rice noodles at an Asian Market. The ingredients listed are only rice and water. Some brands contain salt, so read labels.

Rice Noodles

Shiner Bock Beer – beer, wine, and alcohol are allowed on LID. I’m not a big beer drinker, but I did use Shiner Bock to make beer bread.


So Delicious Coconut Coffee Creamer Original – This is the only non-dairy coffee creamer that I have found that doesn’t have sea salt, soy, or carrageenan. It doesn’t taste half bad. They have two other flavors, Vanilla and Hazelnut. I used this coffee creamer to make Overnight Oats and was really happy with the results.


Texas Pete Hot Sauce – I was pretty excited when I found out I could have this hot sauce while on LID. It’s great on everything . I contacted the company to see what type of salt they used in their products and got this response: “I have received your inquiry regarding our Texas Pete Hot Sauce and the salt in our products.  I am pleased to inform you that we do not use iodized salt in our products.  If you should have any further questions please contact me.   Kind Regards,  Tonya E. Parker, Quality Assurance Manager, TW Garner Food Company.”

Texas Pete

Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste -I use this for curries and soups. I contacted Thai Kitchen via their Facebook page to ask if they use iodized salt in their products and got this response, “Hi Suzi, We do not used iodized salt in our Thai Kitchen or Simply Asia products. ~Wanda.

TK Red Curry Paste

Tostitos Restaurant Style Salsa

Tostitos Tortilla Chips – Frito-Lay does not use iodized salt in/on their products.


Trader Joe’s Coconut Creamer – I like this coffee creamer better than the So Delicious brand.

TJ Coconut Creamer

Trader Joe’s Creamy Unsalted Peanut Butter – I’m not going to lie, I didn’t care for this peanut butter that much. It was runny (less so if kept in the fridge) and it just didn’t taste right. I did read that Trader Joe’s does not use iodized salt in their brand products. They do use sea salt in some of their products, but it is specified in the ingredients lists.

Nut Butters

Trader Joe’s Crumpets – these are great toasted and smeared with peanut butter and/or jelly for a quick breakfast.

TJ Crumpets

Trader Joe’s Dried Mandarins – These are so delicious! They are also a bit sour so it helps with the salivary glands. Dried fruit (be sure to check labels, some do contain salt) and unsalted nuts are great snacks on LID.

TJ's Dried Mandrian Oranges (640x567)

Trader Joe’s Organic Coconut Milk – coconut milk without the weird preservatives found in other canned coconut milk. Coconut milk can be used in Indian or Thai curries or soups.
TJ Coconut Milk

Trader Joe’s Organic Super Dark Chocolate with Almonds – it didn’t feel like I should be eating this chocolate….it was too yummy. I read and re-read the ingredients list.

TJ's Dark Chocolate

Trader Joe’s Sodium Free Whole Wheat Bread –  Nasty, unless you like the taste of cardboard. Seriously, just make some homemade bread. FYI, this bread doesn’t contain salt or dough conditioners.

Trader Joe’s Tuscan Pane Bread – although many of Trader Joe’s breads do not have dough conditioners in them, most contain sea salt. The Tuscan Pane does not contain sea salt. And, it is delicious toasted. Having this bread will save me time since I won’t have to be making bread from scratch. 


Trader Joe’s Unsulfured Dried Apricots – I used these dried apricots in a nut and dried fruit snack mix that contained unsalted almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, raisins, and dried apricots.

TJ's Unsulferd Dried Apicots

Trader Joe’s Vegetable Samosas – found in the frozen food section, these mini samosas are delicious.


Trader Jose’s Chicken & Green Chile Tamles – these tamales do not contain cheese or iodized salt. You can microwave them for a quick meal.

TJ Tamales

Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice Brown Rice – Iodine occurs naturally in rice. The amount varies by type of rice and where it was grown. It is best if rice is limited on LID.

Uncle Ben's Ready Rice

Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice Brown Basmati – it is said that basmati rice is the best rice for LID because it has a lower amount of naturally occurring iodine.

Brown Basmati

Vegetables – lots and lots of fresh vegetables. With the exception of soybeans, you can eat all fresh (and frozen) vegetables. Here is a sample of vegetables you can eat:  asparagus, artichokes, mushrooms, cabbage, carrots, radishes, lettuce, celery, bell peppers, kale, chiles (jalapenos, serranos, habaneros, poblano, New Mexican, Anaheim, cubanelles, Hatch, etc…), tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes (skin must be removed), turnips, turnip greens, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, spinach, eggplant, mustard greens, squash (zucchini, yellow squash, Hubbard, spaghetti squash, acorn, pumpkin, butternut, etc…), Brussels sprouts, green beans, collards, parsnips, okra, Swiss chard, rutabaga, jicama, kohlrabi, snow peas, rapini, bok choy, beets, corn, tomatillos, etc…



18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cyndi Mobley
    Apr 09, 2016 @ 14:13:40

    Thank you so much for this posting, and all the work you did! Both my husband and I have thyroid cancer, his being Papillary and mine Follicular. We are starting on the LID on Monday for his second scan. I have had my surgeries and find out on Tuesday about treatment, but am sure I will have scan…Thanks again. Cyndi


    • recipesforsustenance
      Apr 10, 2016 @ 12:20:27

      You are most welcome! I’m so sorry to hear that both you and your husband have (or had) thyroid cancer. What are the chances? Good luck with LID and upcoming scans. Planning ahead for LID helped me a lot. Also, it was easier once I figured out that the vast majority of food products do not contain iodized salt. By calling the consumer hotlines for the products or by messaging the company on Facebook, I was able to confirm the products do not contain iodized salt and that expanded what I was able to eat. I’ll keep y’all in my thoughts. Please check back and let me know how you are doing. : )


  2. Bernita Fraliex
    Feb 26, 2017 @ 16:00:55

    Thank you for this posting this. Have thyroid cancer and gonna have to have treatment and do this diet


  3. Cassandra Pogue
    Mar 17, 2017 @ 02:29:37

    Thank you so much! This makes things so much easier!! My husband is on LID for the first time, and you’ve helped tremendously! RAI in 6 days!


    • recipesforsustenance
      Mar 17, 2017 @ 23:33:18

      I am so glad my blog has been helpful to y’all! I don’t know about your husband, but I was way more anxious about RAI than the surgery. Calling and speaking with the Nuclear Safety Officer at my hospital helped alleviate many of my fears. Turned out the diet was way worse than the RAI. Ha ha! My isolation was a great little vacation from real life. I hope your hubby’s RAI is completely successful and he has minimal side-effects. Best wishes!


  4. Jana Tincher
    Jun 22, 2017 @ 17:40:13

    Thank you for this awesome list! It has really helped me get ready for the LID.


  5. Bridget Thompson
    Jul 04, 2017 @ 14:04:03

    Thank you so much for this list!! My 17 yr old son has to have the RAI. We start the diet on the 11th. This diet will be so hard on him but with your help, I think I can make it alittle easier. I was very surprise to see that oreos are ok to eat since chocolate is not allowed. Oreos are his favorite (dipped in milk of course) but he will be happy to just have the cookies at this point.


    • recipesforsustenance
      Jul 04, 2017 @ 16:11:44

      I’m so sorry your son is going through this. I hope all goes well for him. I have a 17 year old son too. I can’t image. Hang in there, mama. Things are going to be okay. I’ll keep a good thought for him (and you).

      I think chocolate is on a lot of do-no-eat lists because it oftentimes contains milk products (think milk chocolate). Cocoa, itself, is not a banned item. As long as it does not contain dairy or other banned ingredients, chocolate is fine for LID.

      Check out this website:

      It is a great resource for LID.


  6. Joyce Neice
    Sep 07, 2017 @ 04:15:00

    Thank you for these posts ..They will be very helpful. Getting ready to start LID diet in prep for my second round of RIT. Wasn’t given a large enough dose the first time ad the dr I had then didn’t have me follow this diet beforehand. Have one who knows what he is talking about now so all will be good


  7. Kari T
    Dec 21, 2017 @ 21:00:56

    HI!!! This list is amazing!! We are starting the 2nd round of the LID diet for my husband to start his radioactive iodine treatment next month. I am wondering how did you determine if the foods listed had iodine salt in them?? Our first 21 days on the diet we pretty much followed the diet from the thyca cookbook and it was so hard. Seeing your list it makes the next couple weeks more manageable….THANKS SO much! Hope to hear from you! 🙂


    • recipesforsustenance
      Dec 21, 2017 @ 22:09:47

      On my second round of LID, I started calling, emailing, or sending Facebook messages to different food companies (many products have the contact info on the label). Time an time again, I was told that they did not use iodized salt and if they did, they would have to list it in the ingredients list as “iodized salt”. On my third round of LID, I found a wonderful resource, They have a list of safe foods. They researched each item on their lists and have it in writing from the food company that their products do not contain iodized salt. If a company changes their recipe, they have to list the new ingredient on the label. As long as you read labels and know what ingredients are not allowed, you are good. The LID Life Community has a Facebook group too. You can ask questions and even post pics of food products for confirmation if they are allowed on the diet. Very supportive group. I hope all goes well for your husband. Take care and good luck!


  8. Christina
    Feb 11, 2018 @ 12:24:34

    This helps me hugely since I went vegan this year! I’m doing my 3rd round of LID in 3 weeks, going on 5 years cancer free but there’s still traces.


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