Is Chicken Good for PCOS? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Chicken is good for PCOS. Because it has high-quality protein and it can help manage weight and reduce insulin resistance.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects your ovaries and endocrine system.

In PCOS, your body experiences hormonal imbalances and metabolism issues that can lead to irregular menstrual periods and cysts in the ovaries.

This can lead to various health problems, such as infertility, diabetes, heart disease, and endometrial cancer.

One of the key factors in managing PCOS is diet.

What you consume can affect your insulin levels and hormonal balance, which can impact your PCOS symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage PCOS, you should consume high-fiber and lean protein rich foods like broccoli, fish, and almonds and avoid refined carbohydrates and sugary foods like white bread, pastries, and soda.

Now, chicken is a lean protein source. People usually eat it grilled, baked, or stir-fried.

Chicken is good for PCOS because it contains high-quality protein which is filling and nutritious without providing fiber.

It does not have different effects on various types of PCOS.

A standard serving of chicken can give you about 31g of protein, which is approximately 62% of your daily needs.

Protein can positively affect PCOS by helping to manage weight and reduce insulin resistance.

Furthermore, chicken is a lean protein and lean proteins are good for PCOS.

Because, they help in feeling full, which can aid in weight management, an important aspect for those with PCOS.

You can eat 3-5 ounces of chicken per day safely.

More than that can cause excessive protein intake which might burden the kidneys over time.

Also, you shouldn’t eat chicken if you have/suffering from allergies to poultry to prevent allergic reactions.

Because it can trigger symptoms like hives, swelling, and difficulty breathing.

You can buy fresh chicken in your local market or can order it online.

Always choose organic or free-range chicken if possible.

Because they are often raised without antibiotics and may have a better nutritional profile.

You can store them in the refrigerator for 1-2 days or in the freezer for up to 9 months.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management, and essential medical care is key to managing/dealing with PCOS effectively.

I always recommend my PCOS patients to follow a PCOS-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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