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PCOS-Friendly Food Suggestions


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Getting Treatment:
The Reproductive Endocrine Practice at Boston Children's Hospital offers special services in the diagnosis and treatment of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

You'll stay fuller longer, have an easier time keeping your weight healthy, and have better control of your insulin levels if you include some protein, carbohydrate (preferably high-fiber), and fat at each meal and snack.


The table below lists some foods that are good sources of protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Remember to pick high–fiber carbohydrates (such as whole wheat bread or vegetables) instead of sugary of refined carbs. Try to choose mostly plant–based proteins and unsaturated fats.


Take a look at the Sample PCOS-Friendly Menus to get some ideas, and then plan your own menu using the foods from the table below. Include an item from each column at all of your meals and snacks. After you've planned your menu, make a shopping list of the foods you will need to help you eat a balanced diet.


Protein Carbs
(High fiber when possible)
(Choose mostly unsaturated)
*These foods are a source of more than one of the three nutrients (protein, carbs, or fat)  but are listed in the one category which they're the best source of
Beans* Bread
(whole wheat)
Beef Brown Rice
Yogurt Cereal
(>5 grams fiber per serving)
Canola or Vegetable Oil
Chicken Corn
Eggs* English Muffin
(whole wheat)
Cream Cheese*
Egg Substitute Fruits
Creamy Salad Dressing
Energy bars*
(>10 grams protein per bar)
Fish Pasta
(whole wheat)
Hummus* Squash
Sweet Potato  
Nuts* Tortilla
Oil–Based Salad Dressing
Peanut and Nut Butters* Vegetables Olive Oil
Pork   Peanut Butter*
Veggie Burgers*



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Written and reviewed by the CYWH Staff at Boston Children's Hospital


Updated: 12/12/2013

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