Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a complicated endocrine disorder affecting many different areas of a sufferer’s body and life. Reliable information can be hard to come by and symptoms such as infertility, excess facial and body hair, acne, fatigue and excess weight can leave women with PCOS feeling inadequate, demoralised and depressed with life.
There are many simple steps that women with PCOS can incorporate into their lives to gain control over PCOS and put them on the path to better health. In this series of articles, we will explore 20 simple and easy steps that can make a difference to PCOS.
Step # 8
Eat a healthy diet by increasing foods which are beneficial and avoiding substances which harm: Limit unhealthy fats and increase healthy fats
Unhealthy fats include trans-fats (contained in almost all processed foods), too much saturated fat especially from non-organically raised meat, polyunsaturated oils such as canola, corn, sunflower, vegetable, soybean oils, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils.
Healthy oils include cold pressed coconut, olive, macadamia, avocado or rice bran oil, egg yolks, fatty fish, butter and the fat from organic, pasture-raised, grass fed meat and poultry in moderate amounts only. All oil is 100% fat so needs to be limited to a reasonable percentage of a healthy diet and factored into total caloric requirements.
It is also important when using oils for cooking to ensure you choose an appropriate oil for the temperature it will be heated to. An oil should never be heated above its smoke point. Healthy oils with high smoke points include avocado, rice bran, ghee, macadamia, almond, extra light olive oil and refined coconut oil.
- What causes PCOS?
- What is saturated fat?
- 20 simple steps you can take to control PCOS #1
Next article in series: 20 simple steps you can take to control polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) #9
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This article was originally published at My PCOS Info. Further references and links to the studies mentioned can be found there.
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