Is Watermelon Good for PCOS? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Watermelon is good for PCOS. Because it has lycopene, vitamin C, potassium, and water and they can help reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, hydrate your body, and boost your immune system and skin health.

PCOS is a condition that affects your ovaries and hormones.

In PCOS, your body produces too much androgen (a male hormone) and has problems with insulin (a hormone that controls blood sugar).

This can lead to various health problems, such as irregular periods, infertility, acne, weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease.

One of the key factors in managing PCOS is diet.

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

To effectively manage PCOS, you should consume low-glycemic index (GI) foods like whole grains, beans, lentils, and vegetables and avoid high-GI foods like white bread, rice, pasta, and sugary drinks.

Now, watermelon is a juicy and refreshing fruit that belongs to the cucurbit family.

People usually eat watermelon raw, as a snack or dessert, or add it to salads, smoothies, and juices.

Watermelon is good for PCOS because it contains lycopene, vitamin C, potassium, and water.

However, consuming large amounts of watermelon may lead to disrupted blood glucose levels due to its high GI.

100 grams of watermelon can give you 30 calories, 7.6 grams of carbs, 0.4 grams of fiber, 0.6 grams of protein, and 0.2 grams of fat.

It can also provide 8.1 mg of vitamin C (9% of your daily needs), 112 mg of potassium (2% of your daily needs), and 4.5 mg of lycopene (a powerful antioxidant).

Lycopene can help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, which are common in PCOS.

It can also lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and protect against diabetes and heart disease.

Vitamin C can help boost your immune system and skin health.

It can also support collagen synthesis, which is important for wound healing and tissue repair.

Potassium can help regulate fluid balance and nerve and muscle function.

It can also counteract the effects of sodium and lower blood pressure.

Water can help hydrate your body and flush out toxins.

It can also help you feel full and prevent overeating.

Furthermore, watermelon is a fruit and fruits are good for PCOS.

Because, fruits are rich in antioxidants, phytochemicals, and fiber that can help fight inflammation, balance hormones, and improve insulin sensitivity.

You can eat one to two cups of watermelon per day safely.

More than that can cause bloating, diarrhea, or high blood sugar.

Also, you shouldn’t eat watermelon if you have diabetes or kidney problems to prevent hyperglycemia or hyperkalemia.

Because, watermelon has a high GI and can raise your blood sugar quickly.

It also has a high potassium content and can worsen your kidney function.

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

Always choose watermelons that are firm, symmetrical, and heavy for their size.

Because, these are signs of ripeness and sweetness.

You can store them in a cool and dark place for up to a week or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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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