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Taking fibre with meals is a proven way to optimise your blood glucose regulation.  Basically it slows down the rate at which the food is digested, so the energy from the food is metabolised at a slower rate, providing a slow steady trickle of energy over a longer period of time, as well as making you feel fuller for longer.

Fibre has been shown to lower the glycaemic index of foods when taken with a meal, resulting in a lower blood glucose spike and lower insulin spike all of which would be very positive things for women with PCOS.

Of course, taking fibre in the form of psyllium husks or Metamucil isn’t the only way to increase the fibre in your diet.  Fresh, unprocessed fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes typically are excellent sources of fibre as well as nutrients, vitamins, minerals and enzymes.  Just try and opt for fresh over canned/dried, organic over petrochemically fertilized, wholegrain or wholemeal over white and brown rice or quinoa over white rice.  Even choosing basmati rice over white rice is a step in the right direction as it has a much lower glycaemic index, but if you really want to boost your fibre, protein and vitamin quota for the day, try quinoa.  It is very similar to prepare and it tastes similar, but it has a powerhouse of nutritional goodies that white rice can’t hope to achieve.

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