PCOS is a condition of insulin resistance and in treating symptoms of PCOS addressing the underlying driver... aka insulin resistance (amongst others) is crucial!
Generally with PCOS, you want to reduce the need for the body to call upon insulin. Carbohydrates are a known dietary trigger for insulin production but so too is protein. Recent research looked at whether reducing dietary intake of carbohydrates in replace for healthy fats can be beneficial for women with PCOS.
During the study, over 3 weeks women consumed a diet, identical in kilojoules/calories made up of either
- 60% carbs, 25% fats (<7% saturated fats) and 15% protein OR
- 40% carbs, 45% fats (<7% saturated fats) and 15% protein.
At the end of three weeks, women went through a 2-week wash out phase and then began the alternative diet to what they were originally on.
Results of the study showed that reducing carbs from 60% to 40% and replacing kilojoules with mono and polyunsaturated fats caused a significant reduction in insulin. The researchers likened the effect to taking insulin sensitizing drugs!
Which foods contain Mono and polyunsaturated fats?
- Almonds, cashews and macadamia nuts
- Olive oil
- Rice bran oil
- Tahini paste
- Sesame seeds
- Linseeds/flaxseeds and oil
- Chia seeds
- Fatty fish
Diet plays a huge role in the treatment and management of PCOS and addressing diet is hands down the best thing you can do to nurture yourself back to optimal hormonal balance!
Casey Dick | Passionate Dedicated Natural Nutritionist | Brisbane, Australia, Dietary Nutritionist, Healthy Body and Mind Advocate, Natural Hormone Balance & Healthy Weight Loss, Natural Skin Health, Anorexia, Eating Disorder Recovery, Orthorexia, Thyroid, Non-dieting Approach, Gut Health, Nutritionist specialises in PCOS, Why can’t I lose weight, Weight Loss Resistance