Few areas of common PCOS discussion attract more wrong information than what’s good and bad for you to eat. So here we tackle three nutritional myths.
MYTH: Fresh fruits and vegetables are healthier than the frozen or canned variety.
FACT: Not necessarily. Canned and frozen fruits and vegetables are often flash-frozen or quickly placed in containers after being harvested, so they actually retain most of their nutrients. On the other hand, fresh fruits and vegetables will often lose some of their nutrients while sitting on grocery store shelves or in your refrigerator. If you get the opportunity, pick your own fruit and vegetables for maximum benefit.
MYTH: Brown sugar is better for you.
FACT: True but there’s a catch. Brown sugar is refined white sugar with molasses added. The darker the brown sugar, the more molasses it contains. Now, the molasses add some minerals. But you would have the eat an awful lot of brown sugar to get any significant mineral benefit. And both varieties are fattening.
MYTH: Still on the issue of food color, brown eggs are more nutritious than white eggs.
FACT: Nope, egg color has nothing to do with the nutrient value. White hens lay white eggs and brown hens lay brown eggs. Makes sense when you think about it!
A balanced, nutritious diet combined with regular exercise can help reverse an underlying cause of excess weight and obesity, namely the imbalance of blood glucose and insulin called Insulin Resistance, which decreases insulin sensitivity. By reversing Insulin Resistance, it is possible to facilitate weight loss.
If left unchecked, obesity can also lead to the cluster of increased risks for heart disease called Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X) as well as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) – a leading cause of menstrual irregularity and infertility, acne and other skin conditions, excess facial hair and female hair loss. Overweight women do not have a monopoly of this disorder, however. Up to 50% of PCOS sufferers may be females who are of normal weight or even lean.