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The PCOS Diet: Foods to Avoid

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Women nowadays are plagued by a lot of maladies, PCOS is one of them. Due to the dearth of time as they juggle between both household and work, women have literally no time to care of themselves and be wary of the symptoms. Almost 50% of women are afflicted by it and suffer the consequences in the form of obesity. It is about time they realized that PCOS can be detrimental for the body if not detected and remedied early. Avoiding certain foods during PCOS is a key in order to fight it.


Here is a list of foods that must be diligently avoided during PCOS.

1. Processed and Pre-packaged Foods

processes foods

Most highly processed and pre-packaged convenience foods are made with unhealthy food ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, refined flour, processed meats, refined sugars, dairy products, and artificial sweeteners. These foods also contain high amounts of salt or hidden forms of sodium, preservatives and artificial coloring and flavoring agents. Processed foods are generally made from pro-inflammatory, high calorie and low-quality ingredients which can lead to hormone disruption. Few examples of processed foods are sausages, salami, fries, bottled jams, ranch dips, and jellies.

2. Simple and Refined Carbohydrates


simple and refined carbs

Women who suffer from PCOS are at a higher risk of developing diabetes and weight gain. Sugar-rich foods and refined carbohydrates have a high glycemic index that tends to increase the blood sugar levels. Refined sugar, high fructose corn syrups, cane syrup or natural sugars in any processed form are worst foods to consume if you have PCOS. Also be careful with your alcohol intake as alcohol also highly effects your glucose-insulin balance. Few examples of foods made with simple and refined carbohydrates are sweetened cereals, cakes, candies, sodas, syrups, bagels, cereals, cookies, muffins, cupcakes, and other baked goods and sugary foods.


3. Soy Products

Soy Products

Soy Products usually cause a delay in ovulation because soy contains plant estrogen that acts like estrogen in the body and confuses the body that it has enough amount of estrogen and thus it tends to slow down estrogen production. It is not recommended for women with PCOS to consume soy products as it escalates the problem.

4. Caffeine and Alcohol


Women who suffer from PCOS should be careful with their caffeine and alcohol intake as they from long these two have been associated with infertility. Also be careful with your alcohol intake as alcohol also highly effects your glucose-insulin balance.


5. Gluten


Gluten tends to create general inflammation in the body, due to which the body the body becomes more resistant to insulin, as a result, the body gets accumulated with high levels of testosterone. Therefore, women with PCOS should avoid gluten.

6. Dairy– Cow’s Milk, Cream, Cheese

dairy products

Milk limits the normal testosterone metabolism due to its high protein content and thus has a tendency to increase high testosterone levels. High testosterone levels can worsen your PCOS condition. Even reduced fat and skim milk are associated with meta inflammation. Dairy consumption can also trigger acne outbreak thus directly affecting obesity and insulin resistance.


7. Red Meat

red meat

Red meat is associated with increased risks of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. Also, a high protein diet can cause a decrease in the production of sex hormone binding globulin which is very important in reducing testosterone levels which is very crucial for PCOS recovery.

8. Unhealthy Fats


Unhealthy fats are a bad news for harmony in our hormones. Unhealthy fats crowd out our consumption of healthy fats which are important for maintaining healthy levels of good cholesterol in our body. These unhealthy fats are high in omega 6 fatty acids which are pro-inflammatory and which when not adequately balanced by a similar amount of anti-inflammatory omega 3s can lead to an omega fat imbalance which has been linked to cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and kidney disease, cancer, and even depression.

No matter how irritated and frustrated you feel while struggling with PCOS, avoiding these foods will definitely give you some respite. Make sure to stick to those foods that in no way can aggravate your condition, like high fiber foods, protein-rich sources, foods high in omega 3 fatty acids etc. Instead of being sick of what PCOS does to your body, physically and mentally, take the plunge and start working out on your eating habits. If all the women vow to take the required measures, things will change for the better.


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