PCOS: Foods To Avoid

PCOS is commonly know as Polysistic Ovary Symdrome and has become a very common health issue in women. It leads to various hormonal imbalances and metabolic issues leading to various problems such a irregular periods, development of cysts in the ovary and infertility.

Along with proper medication a balanced diet can also help to reduce the impact of PCOS.

In this blogpost I’ll be sharing with you, foods that you should avoid with PCOS.


When you have PCOS the insulin & glycemic levels rise in your body and therefore consumption of too much sugar can increase the risk of getting diabetes. Sugar also makes you gain weight and makes the condition more Problematic for you. Hence, avoid consuming artificial sweeteners, soft drinks, candies, sweet etc.

Red Meat

Red meat contains saturated or hydrogenate fats in it and these fats tend to increase the estrogen production in the body which can lead to excessive weight gain and make your PCOS condition even worse.

Dairy Products

Dairy products are without at doubt and essential part of our daily life and are a good source of nutrition for us. Dairy products are not completely prohibited for people suffering from PCOS but excessive consumption of the same can lead to increase in insulin and blood glucoses levels because dairy products contain high carbohydrate value. Therefore, it is very important for people with PCOS to maintain a diet containing balanced value of dairy products.

Go Gluten Free

Gluten without a doubt is difficult to avoid because it is present in a lot of products that we consume on daily basis but if you decide to maintain a gluten free diet and follow it strictly, it can do wonders for your health. Gluten increases insulin levels in your body and makes it easier to gain weight and hence can create problems for PCOS patients by increasing inflammation. Food items such as white bread, white rice, pasta etc contain gluten and should be avoided by people suffering from PCOS.

Vegetable Oils

Vegetable oils are another source of increasing inflammation in the body because they contain Omega 6 fats. Inflammation leads to insulin problems and hormonal imbalances in the body. Therefore, avoiding vegetable oils can be really helpful for people suffering from PCOS. Vegetable oils are highly found in processed foods and therefore avoiding processed food can be the first step. Try using coconut oil or olive oil while cooking at home.

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