Last week I posted about my current top five favorite PCOS “super foods.” These are foods that those of us with PCOS should be eating lots of! Today I am going to address some not-so-super foods. In fact, the following foods and/or ingredients are things that should be avoided as much as possible, for reasons that I will explain briefly as we go.
What NOT to Eat with PCOS
1) Soy- Soy disrupts endocrine function and has the potential to cause infertility. It also disrupts menstrual cycles and can interfere with ovulation.
2) Dairy- There is A LOT to be said about dairy and PCOS, but I will keep it short and sweet for now. Milk leads to a rise in testosterone levels. This is the last thing anyone with PCOS needs, as our testosterone levels are already prone to being too high. Milk contains a protein that limits normal testosterone processing in the body so that our levels just climb higher and higher.
3) Caffeine- Caffeine increases insulin levels. This of course is not a good thing, particularly for those of us with PCOS. It also contributes to acidity in the body, which can throw our hormones out of balance.
4) Potatoes- A baked potato with skin has a glycemic index of 69. Take the skin away, and the GI jumps to 98. This means that french fries and mashed potatoes are a no- no. Sweet potatoes are a decent substitute depending on how you cook them. A boiled sweet potato has a glycemic index of 46, while a baked sweet potato has an GI of 94. Crazy, isn’t it?!
5) White rice- White rice has a glycemic index of anywhere from 72-89… way too high for those of us with PCOS! Stick with brown rice, which has a glycemic index of 55. Brown rice also contains additional fiver and nutrients that white rice lacks.
Unfortunately (in a way), this list could be MUCH longer. I left off the obvious things like SUGAR, but until you have a reason to know how much sugar is in every food item that you put into your mouth, you just don’t realize how much sugar so many foods have. For instance, most dried fruit, which is naturally sweet on its own, has ADDED sugar… so there goes dried fruit, except in moderation when it says “no sugar added” on the package. And dates, some of my favorite sweet-tooth treats… they have a glycemic index of 102. That’s higher than glucose!
All of that to say that this list is by no means comprehensive!
As a side note, today is my birthday. To celebrate, I plan on making brownies (without cheating on my PCOS appropriate diet), so you can plan on seeing a recipe here tomorrow!