Effect of a pulse-based diet on the health of women with polycystic ovarian syndrome: Phase II investigation

  • Beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Peas
  • Pulse Science Cluster
  • University of Saskatchewan

Lead Investigator(s)

Dr. Gordon Zello

Lead Investigator(s) Institution

University of Saskatchewan


To determine the effects of a 16 week pulse-based diet, and six and 12 month follow-ups, on markers of health in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome. To compare the pulse-based diet to the diet recommended by the National Cholesterol Education Program (i.e.. the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) diet).


Results of the study indicated that the pulse-based diet intervention is as effective or more efficient than the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) diet, in combination with exercise, to improve certain anthropometric, body composition, bone and hematological measures of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). The pulse-based diet was more effective than the TLC diet at improving measures of cholesterol and triglycerides. This project also generated an evidence-based cookbook with 59 healthy, easy, and affordable recipes that include pulses and pulse ingredients. The recipes have been shown to lower cholesterol ratio (total cholesterol/HDL cholesterol) and triglycerides in women with PCOS.

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Duration/Timeline of Project (Year to Year)

2013 - 2016


Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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