PCOS sufferers should avoid white flour because it is a simple carbohydrate. This includes bagels, white bread, cookies, cereals, muffins, cupcakes and other baked treats. Instead, look for the whole wheat version made with whole-grain or multi-grain flour.
Women who suffer from PCOS should try to limit their intake of sodium as much as possible. Pay attention to the level of sodium in the foods you eat – often the sodium level is very high on many processed foods so make sure that you read the label carefully before you choose what to eat. Watch out for high sodium levels in canned vegetables, pre-made soups, smoked meats, salted nuts, chips, and microwave meals. Instead of seasoning your food with salt you can try lemon juice, herbs, black pepper, mustard or vinegar.
PCOS sufferers should avoid eating too much saturated fat. Instead, it is better if you opt for lean meats, fat free dressing, skinless poultry, white meat and fat free dairy. You can also cut down on your fat intake by broiling, steaming, baking or grilling food rather than frying it as this will avoid excess oil. If you must use oil, you should look for olive oil which is high in unsaturated fats. Make sure that you look closely at the labels on all of your food so that you can eliminate those that are high in cholesterol and saturated fats.