Diet and Ovarian Cysts
Diet plays an important role in the development of ovarian cysts. According to Chiaffarino, Parazzini, Surace, Benzi, Chiantera and La Vecchia (2003), there is a distinct correlation between the consumption of meat and the development of ovarian cysts. Studies indicate that women who were afflicted with ovarian cysts, reported frequent consumption of meat especially beef and other red meat and cheese (Chiaffarino, et al., 2003). The chances of developing ovarian cysts are also linked to a diet with less green vegetables. Consumption of beef and cheese are associated with the development of ovarian cysts while high intake of leafy green vegetables seemed to have a protective effect. Recent research suggests that a diet that is higher in plant foods may protect against ovarian cysts. This result may be due to the micronutrient content of plant foods.
If you or someone you know has had ovarian cysts it may be worth it to simply try to limit the amount of red meat and dairy in the diet. Instead of eating a burger with turkey or beef, maybe try a veggie burger or a portabella mushroom burger instead.
For further reading . . .
Chiaffarino, F., Parazzini, F., Surace, M., Benzi, G., Chiantera, V., & La Vecchia, C. (2003). Diet and risk of seromucinous benign ovarian cysts. European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, 196-200.