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Snacks For PCOS!

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Dt. Surabhi Jain 93% (2963 ratings)
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Dietitian/Nutritionist, Lucknow  •  14 years experience
Snacks For PCOS!

Diet plays a HUGE role in PCOS. So, it's extremely important to watch what you eat. Here are some snacks for PCOS.

When it comes to managing your PCOS, your diet plays a crucial role. This article is all about snacks for PCOS.

While there is no set or the best diet for PCOS, it is important that your diet is made up of whole foods, these are foods that have been minimally processed.

I often get asked are you allowed snacks and what kind of snacks are good for my PCOS.

Benefits of snacking -

I believe snacking is personal preference, but yes you are allowed to snack. Having a snack can help decrease cravings and binges, gives you energy, and helps to manage blood sugar levels (preventing them from going too low as a result of waiting too long to eat between meals).

Eat every 3 to 5 hours -

Meal timing is also personal preference, find a way that works for you. Many people eat every 3 to 5 hours. However, this depends on how many meals you eat a day and if you are intermittent fasting (which has shown to be beneficial for insulin resistance).

Snacking Tips -

  • A healthy and successful diet/lifestyle requires an understanding of your body, your hunger and some preparation.
  • If you are someone who likes snacking or who comes home hungry after work and needs to eat something to hold you over while you cook dinner, stress no more.
  • Often when people think of snacks, they think of crisps, chocolate, sweets, etc. However, snacking doesn’t need to be some taboo meal or to be created tough.
  • Stock your fridge and pantry with fruits and vegetables, healthy fat foods, lean proteins and low Glycemic foods.

Snack Ideas -

  • Nuts
  • Chestnuts
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Dried Apricots, Glycemic Index of 30
  • Pecan
  • Brazil
  • Pistachios
  • Chickpea nuts
  • Seeds
  • Dried Prunes, Glycemic Index of 29
  • Sunflower
  • Pumpkin
  • Dried Fruit

Dried fruits have got a bad rap, and many people are avoiding them because they are high in sugar and calories. However, they are not ‘bad’ or ‘unhealthy.’

When the water in fruit has been removed, the size of decreases, about three-quarters. Therefore, if you dehydrate one cup of recent apricots, you’ll get 1/4 cup of dried apricots.

If you’re examination calories and sugar, they are pretty much equivalent. One cup of recent apricot halves has seventy-four calories and fourteen.5 grams of naturally occurring sugar; 1/4 cup of dried apricots halves has 78 calories and 17 g of sugar.

It is much easier to overeat on dried fruit than fresh fruit, due to the water content, making it more filling. Therefore, if you’re observance your calorie intake, know your servings, measure out 1/4 cup of dried fruit before eating.

Dried fruits contain more fiber, which studies have shown helps manage insulin resistance and improve insulin sensitivity. Furthermore, they contain additional of the antioxidants referred to as phenols than recent fruit, per ounce. Phenols can help fight heart disease, obesity, and some types of cancer.

Furthermore, be aware of certain dried fruits, for example, dried cranberries, which are sprayed with sugar before drying. In turn, increasing the sugar and calorie content.

Dark Chocolate -

3 squares of 70 percent cocoa content or above.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult a specialist & get answers to your questions!
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