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With Polycystic ovarian syndrome/PCOS: Foods to Evade and Foods to Embrace

PCOS or Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a common complaint, affecting one in 10 women in the US and almost 10 million women throughout the world. Many (not all) women with PCOS have many small, undeveloped follicles on the ovaries that form cysts. Women ovaries may develop numerous small collections of fluid (follicles) and fail to regularly release eggs. Women with condition of PCOS may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or excess male hormone (androgen) levels.

While the precise reason of PCOS is unknown, there are several aspects that are supposed to influence the condition, including genetics, environment and lifestyle. The complaint is also linked to many other health problems, including being overweight; diabetes; issues with insulin resistance, metabolism and glucose tolerance; sleep apnea and cardiovascular disease.


Because a poor diet can affect your weight management and your insulin production and resistance, improving your diet to help manage insulin levels can help control and improve PCOS. Choosing to stick to a balanced, nutritious diet and maintain a healthy weight is an important step to take in your PCOS journey. It can improve the way the body processes glucose and may improve fertility.


Below are some foods you should limit or avoid when you have PCOS:

  • Processed foods such as cakes, cookies, sweetened cereals, overly processed cheeses, and yogurts and ice cream with added sugar.
  • Sugary drinks such as soda, fruit juice, and smoothies.
  • Refined carbohydrates such as white bread, white rice, pasta, and pizza dough.
  • Saturated fats such as red meat or hamburgers.
  • Trans fats such as doughnuts, margarine, biscuits.
  • Excess alcohol such as drinks with bottled mixers or canned cocktails with a lot of sugar.


Choose foods that can lower inflammation in your body and keep your glucose levels in check. The following are foods you should embrace when you have PCOS:

  • High-fiber foods such as black beans, berries, seeds, and whole grains (brown rice, quinoa).
  • Antioxidant-rich foods including fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  • Unsaturated fats such as nuts, nut butters, avocados, and olive oils.
  • Soy foods such as edamame and tempeh.
  • Seafood such as shrimp and salmon.
  • Lean meats such as chicken.


There is growing evidence that mood disturbances, mostly severe depression, are common in PCOS women , in whom impaired quality of life from body image concerns cause fatigue, sleep disturbance and changes in eating habits. In addition, many PCOS patients report feeling abnormal, unfeminine, and embarrassed due to unwanted hair, often hiding their hair growth and covering their face when talking to others.

Like many health conditions, PCOS responds positively to good lifestyle choices such as exercise and improved diet.  It is always a good idea to eat fewer foods that cause obesity and inflammation in the body, and eat more foods that can reduce inflammation and help maintain a healthy weight.


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