Are Figs Good for PCOS? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Figs are good for PCOS. Because they have dietary fiber, potassium, and essential vitamins and they can help manage blood sugar levels and support digestive health.

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

In PCOS, your body experiences hormonal imbalances and metabolism problems that can lead to various health problems, such as irregular menstrual periods, infertility, and metabolic syndrome.

One of the key factors in managing PCOS is diet.

What you consume can affect your blood sugar levels and insulin resistance, which can impact your PCOS symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage PCOS, you should consume fiber-rich foods like berries, leafy greens, and nuts; anti-inflammatory foods like tomatoes, kale, and spinach; and lean protein sources like fish, chicken, and tofu. Avoid refined carbohydrates and sugary foods.

Now, figs are nutrient-dense fruits.

People usually eat them fresh or dried, and they can also be used in jams, desserts, or as a snack.

Figs are good for PCOS because they contain dietary fiber and essential nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, and vitamins.

They can help manage blood sugar levels and are beneficial for digestive health.

A serving of about two to three medium-sized fresh figs can give you approximately 6% of the daily value for calcium, 2% for magnesium, and 2% for potassium.

Dietary fiber in figs can positively affect PCOS by slowing down the digestion and reducing the effect of sugar on the blood.

Potassium can help correct electrolyte imbalance and reduce blood pressure, which is beneficial for heart health.

Furthermore, figs are a low-glycemic fruit and low-glycemic foods are good for PCOS.

Because, they help with insulin balance and the soluble fiber reduces the glycemic index of other foods eaten at the same meal.

You can eat two to three medium-sized fresh figs per day safely.

More than that can cause excessive sugar intake, especially if you opt for dried figs, which are higher in sugar and calories.

Also, you shouldn’t eat figs in large quantities if you are taking blood-thinning medications to prevent interference with vitamin K levels.

Because figs contain high levels of vitamin K.

You can buy fresh figs in your local market or can order them online.

Always choose ripe figs that are soft and smell sweet.

Because they are at their peak nutritional value.

You can store them in the refrigerator for about 2-3 days.

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.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

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

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