A PCOS diet doesn’t involve cutting out dairy or processed carbohydrates. While some sources recommend that people with PCOS avoid dairy because of lactose, there is no evidence to support that dairy consumption is linked to increased insulin levels. All bread is processed as it involves the process of milling, cooking, etc. It is important to avoid high amounts of refined sugars with PCOS but not all carbohydrates are refined. Finding whole grain carbohydrate sources are essential to managing PCOS by regulating insulin levels, the key hormone dysregulated in PCOS. A PCOS diet should include a balanced diet with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, protein and healthy fats.
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- Do all girls with PCOS need to diet?
- Do you have any advice for managing PCOS via diet in college? There are very few healthy/whole grain options at my dining halls, so I always end up reverting to more unhealthy eating habits while I’m here, which I know isn’t good for PCOS.
- Does PCOS stop at a certain age? If yes, around what age?
- How can I stay motivated to eat healthily and the right way for PCOS? Sometimes I feel restricted and just want to eat whatever I want and then my body fights back. I am not sure how to change my mindset around food and eating for PCOS. Please help!
- I have PCOS and I’m thinking of following a no-carb diet for a month. Can I eat brown rice, pasta, and bread on this diet?