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What is a good diet plan for women with PCOS?

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A high-fiber and low-sugar diet plan that eschews fatty and processed foods is good for women with polycystic ovary syndrome, according to WebMD. Whole grains, vegetables and fruits, as well as eating four to six meals daily, instead of three large meals, helps keep blood sugar levels in line.

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No scientific evidence exists to support a specific diet plan for patients with polycystic ovary syndrome, notes the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. However, women with polycystic ovary syndrome should create a diet plan based on moderation and balance. Reduced consumption of enriched carbohydrates and saturated fats can also help manage the disease.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign advises polycystic ovary syndrome patients to increase fiber consumption to between 25 and 30 grams per day. Patients should introduce the additional fiber slowly in order to minimize gastrointestinal discomfort. Fruits, including grapefruit, cherries, strawberries, apples and peaches are recommended fiber sources. Spinach, soy beans, black eyed peas, lettuce and cucumber are additional sources of fiber.

It helps to replace saturated fats with fat-free or low-fat spreads and other dairy products, advises the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Patients can choose lean cuts of red meat and white meat; eat fish, such as salmon, tuna and trout two to three times a week; and use unsaturated oils such as canola, olive and corn oils. Another tip is to avoid frying foods, choosing instead to boil, bake, broil, grill or steam them.

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