Good question! Avoiding carbs (officially called “carbohydrates”) all together isn’t a great idea. Carbs provide our body with energy and they are the only fuel used by the brain. However, not all carbohydrates are the same. With PCOS, it is important to focus on high-fiber, low-sugar carbohydrates to stabilize insulin levels. High insulin levels can cause the ovaries to make more androgen hormones such as testosterone. Overtime this can increase body hair, acne, and cause irregular or few periods. Good sources of high fiber, low-sugar carbohydrates include whole grain breads, brown rice, and whole-wheat pasta. High-sugar or refined carbohydrates (think… white bread, white rice) will cause an imbalance in insulin levels making you feel hungry more often. Over time, pairing a high-fiber, low-sugar carbohydrate with a healthy fat such as avocado, salmon, nuts and protein (low-fat yogurt, lean meats, eggs) during most meals and snacks will help to maintain a healthy weight and improve PCOS symptoms.
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