Foods to Avoid for PCOS


When it comes to managing your PCOS your diet and lifestyle are two crucial components. A quote said by Heather Morgan MS NLC, "Every time you eat or drink, you are either feeding disease or fighting it". Eating whole foods is a way to balance your hormones. Once you balance your estrogen, progesterone, insulin, testosterone, cortisol and thyroid, you will begin to alleviate the symptoms of PCOS.


4 Foods to Avoid if you have PCOS


Processed and Junk foods


We all know processed foods are not always the best food choice for us. However, for women with PCOS, this type of food can have a large impact. Processed foods stimulate the release of Prostaglandins. More specifically, series 2 Prostaglandins, produced by trans-fatty acids, or trans fats, found in hydrogenated oils, meats, fried foods and junk foods, cause inflammation in the body, which in turn increases insulin levels.

It is best to eat whole foods, foods that have gone through minimal processing and eat meals that you have prepared yourself.




I have written a post about why you should avoid dairy if you have PCOS. However, I will identify here the reasons why you should avoid dairy for PCOS.  Dairy products such as milk, are full of anabolic hormones, hormones that promote growth. Milk causes an increase in testosterone levels, as well as growth hormones, like insulin and insulin like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), which all stimulate the production of acne.




I have also gone into much more detail with regards to gluten and PCOS. There is no clear research indicating that gluten is bad and that you should avoid it if you have PCOS. However, gluten contains lectins, which can bind to insulin receptors and create insulin resistance.


High Glycemic Index (GI) Foods


High GI foods raise blood sugar levels, which in turn increase the level of insulin in order to regulate the amount of glucose which has been released into the bloodstream. Foods that have a high glycemic index, cakes, white bread, white rice, cereal (unless on the low GI list). Sugar not only affects insulin levels, it also causes problems with ovulation.


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