Are there any foods which are best to avoid with PCOS?

Are there any foods which are best to avoid with PCOS? (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

Firstly, I don't like to tell anyone to totally avoid foods unless they really have to. So I'm going to use the word limit or reduce instead. And with PCOS, I'd say the one thing to be really mindful of in general, it will kind of differ from person to person, but in general is something called blood sugar balance. This is just keeping your blood sugar balance throughout the day rather than any peaks or troughs.

And a really kind of good thing to try and do in order to help that is to choose complex carbohydrates like brown variety. So brown pasta, brown rice, brown bread starchy root veggies like sweet potato, butternut squash that kind of thing. Choose those over refined carbohydrates, which generally speaking of white varieties, so white pasta, white bread, white rice and more heavily processed foods. And the reason I say that is because the complex carbohydrates contain more fibre and more nutrients, whereas the white varieties refined carbohydrates are generally stripped of quite a lot of fibre and nutrients.

So I'd say if you're going to reduce or limit a certain food, it would be the those refined carbohydrates and sugary snacks and processed foods.
Laura Mcdonald

Hormone and Fertility Nutritionist

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