Is Tomato Good for PCOS? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Tomato is good for PCOS. Because it has lycopene, vitamin C, and vitamin A, and they can lower your androgen levels, improve your insulin sensitivity, and reduce inflammation.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects your ovaries and hormones.

In PCOS, your body produces too much androgens, which are male hormones.

This can interfere with your ovulation and cause cysts to form on your ovaries.

This can lead to various health problems, such as infertility, acne, hirsutism, weight gain, and diabetes.

One of the key factors in managing PCOS is diet.

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

To effectively manage PCOS, you should consume high-fiber foods like broccoli, beans, and berries, and lean protein foods like fish, tofu, and chicken.

These foods can help lower your blood sugar and reduce inflammation.

You should avoid refined carbohydrates and sugary foods like white bread, pasta, cake, and soda.

These foods can spike your blood sugar and increase inflammation.

Now, tomato is a red fruit that is often used as a vegetable in salads, sauces, and soups.

People usually eat tomatoes raw or cooked, or drink tomato juice.

Tomato is good for PCOS because it contains lycopene, vitamin C, and vitamin A.

Lycopene is an antioxidant that can help protect your cells from damage and reduce inflammation.

Vitamin C and vitamin A are also antioxidants that can boost your immune system and skin health.

One medium tomato can give you about 17% of your daily vitamin C, 20% of your daily vitamin A, and 4.6 mg of lycopene.

Lycopene can positively affect PCOS by lowering your androgen levels and improving your insulin sensitivity.

Vitamin C and vitamin A can also positively affect PCOS by supporting your reproductive health and preventing oxidative stress.

Furthermore, tomato is a low glycemic index food and low glycemic index foods are good for PCOS.

Because, they can help regulate your blood sugar and prevent insulin resistance.

You can eat up to two cups of tomatoes per day safely.

More than that can cause acid reflux, diarrhea, or kidney stones.

Also, you shouldn’t eat tomatoes if you have an allergy to them or if you have a history of kidney stones to prevent anaphylaxis or worsening of your condition.

Because, tomatoes contain a substance called oxalate that can form crystals in your urine and cause kidney stones.

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

Always choose tomatoes that are firm, shiny, and deep red.

Because, they are more ripe and have more lycopene and flavor.

You can store them at room temperature, away from direct sunlight, for up to a week.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing 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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