If you have PCOS, avoid foods with unhealthy fats such as hydrogenated or trans fat.
This helps to lower estrogen levels and can help your symptoms of the condition.
Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are better for managing hormone-sensitive conditions like PCOS because they don't elevate estrogen levels in women's bodies.
By eating foods that are high in bad fats you not only increase your risk, of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity -- but also have a higher chance of worsening your PCOS symptoms.
In opposition to this, good fats (and a diet that is high in them) has been proven to have positive effects on women with PCOS.
In one study, insulin levels in women with PCOS dropped by as much as 30% in women who followed a higher fat, lower carbohydrate diet.
This is fascinating to me, as it continues to drive home the point (that I am constantly harping on about) that fat doesn't make you fat and is actually an incredible way to balance your hormones naturally.
Beyond PCOS, the inflammatory effects of bad fats can then cause other health problems like cognitive impairment, depression, and heart disease.
Even foods that sound healthy have hidden unhealthy fats, so make sure you read the nutrition facts label before adding it to your grocery list!
Make sure you focus on eating whole foods instead of processed and oily takeaway and microwave meals. Start cooking, girl!