A person with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome may have been advised to eat certain foods to help them lose weight and maintain their hormone levels. There are no food groups that should be avoided or eaten in large quantities. It’s all about making the right choices at the right time, in the right amount.
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Here are 7 facts about healthy eating habits for PCOS patients:
1. You don’t need to eat gluten-free
Some women with PCOS may have celiac disease, or gluten-sensitivity. These women may feel better if they avoid gluten. Not all women have to eat gluten-free.
2. Dairy products are also available
Many people recommend that women with PCOS avoid dairy products. However, milk and milk-based products contain a lot of calcium and protein. It can increase androgen and insulin levels but it is best to have a small amount. You don’t have to avoid all milk products. If one does not have an allergy, small amounts per week are fine.
3. Eat more breakfast to increase your hormone levels
Women with PCOS should eat their breakfast in a king size, their lunch in a queen size and their dinner in a beggar’s size. A larger breakfast will increase insulin sensitivity and lower androgen levels. It keeps you fuller for a longer time.
4.Fruit can be allowed
Women with PCOS can reap the benefits of fruits rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. Choose fruits such as apples, blueberries and strawberries. These fruits will have the skin on. These fruits have a lower glycemic score than fruits without skins, such as watermelon, pineapple, and others.
5. You can indulge in your sweet cravings
PCOS women should avoid desserts and sweets. However, they can still enjoy desserts and sweets if they are eaten in moderation. A 70% cube of dark chocolate can satisfy sweet cravings. It is also rich in antioxidants, which will not cause any harm. Enjoy your sweet cravings occasionally, but keep it in moderation.
6. Focus on foods high in omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acid can be found in oily fish like salmon, sardines, and chia seeds. These fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and heart-healthy. Omega-3 helps to regulate testosterone secretion and hormone levels. Women with PCOS may find omega-3 fatty acid foods to be very beneficial.
Avoid foods that cause you discomfort
There are certain foods that people can’t eat or that they have trouble with. It is important that you are aware of any food intolerances and sensitivity that may cause gastrointestinal distress. These foods are not good for PCOS recovery and can be harmful to your PCOS-friendly diet.
Author’s Bio: Dr. Aruna Kalra is a senior gynaecologist and obstetrician at CK Birla Hospital, Kolkata.
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