5 FOODS WOMEN WITH PCOS SHOULD AVOID
1. Cereal grains
A Danish study showed how women with PCOS are four times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, a condition in which the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin (the hormone responsible for utilising energy from food for various functions) or simply becomes resistant to the insulin produced. This results in an increase in blood sugar levels, increasing the risk of kidney and heart problems.
This is why women who have PCOS should stay away from foods that contain high amounts of sugar. Whole grains and cereals such as wheat naturally contain high amounts of these sugars which are released slowly into the bloodstream. Hence, they’re capable of causing insulin hikes in the bloodstream several times. So, whole wheat and other cereals are a great source of fibre and carbohydrates for a healthy person, a woman with PCOS must avoid it.
Potatoes are a great source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, fibre, and antioxidants. However, it is also a starchy vegetable and can lead to an insulin spike. Thus, women with PCOS must avoid eating potatoes.
There’s all the talk in the world about how calcium from milk is necessary for healthy bones and how the healthy fat content in it can benefit your body. However, cow’s milk also contains the insulin growth factor-1 (IGF-1) hormone which is a naturally-occurring hormone that mimics the molecular structure as well as the role and activity of the insulin hormone in our body.
Several studies have proven that women with PCOS have higher-than-normal levels of it and that their ovaries are particularly sensitive to even small amounts of IGF-1 from milk.
Women with PCOS may also have higher-than-normal oestrogen levels in their bodies, a condition called estrogen dominance. As per a study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, soy products such as tofu and soy milk which are deemed as the perfect source of protein for vegetarians contain high levels of isoflavones which are a class of compounds generally known as phytoestrogens that have estrogen-like structures.
This means that the consumption of soy can throw your body into an estrogen overdrive and make the case of your PCOS worse.
Coffee is known to boost stamina, increase concentration, and is also known to be packed with antioxidants. Hence, drinking it in moderate amounts can really benefit a healthy person. However, the same caffeine that boosts energy and concentration can really backfire in the case of a woman suffering from PCOS.
Firstly, caffeine is known to up your cortisol (stress hormone) levels. This can increase insulin production, making it difficult for your body to regulate blood sugar levels. Secondly, it can cause acidity and disturb the balance of your gut health which could affect all the other bodily functions negatively. Lastly, you’re more likely to drink coffee with sugar or a sweetener which can also give you an insulin spike. Hence, steering clear of coffee and other caffeinated beverages can be the safest bet for you if you suffer from PCOS.
So, ladies, cut these items out of your diet to keep the symptoms of PCOS under control.