Food myths

These days there are so many myths related to myths which we hear on a regular basis, lets have a look at a few of them and the fact behind these myths.

 

1. Coconut Water: With nutrients like manganese, calcium, riboflavin and vitamin C, plus being a good source of dietary fiber, coconut water can be consumed by pregnant women to refresh themselves and gain nutritional benefits. As with everything, moderation is the key . Coconut water can prove to be detrimental to health as it is high in calories so watch its intake if gaining weight is a concern for you during pregnancy , it increases blood sugar levels, it is diuretic in nature (Pregnancy can make you run for the loo several times a day owing to the pressure on the internal organs, and drinking coconut juice can further increase the frequency). Coconut water can lower your blood pressure.

Coconut water consumption will make your baby fairer and healthy is a common myth. The health, color and complexion of newborns depend upon many factors such as genetic inheritance, proper nutrition, health and wellness of parents, etc.

 

2. Pomegranate: Avoid taking pomegranate extract as it also contains the rind that can induce early labor due to contractions. Pomegranate juice is high in calories, hence you should take in moderate amounts. It can sometimes interact with other medications like blood thinners, ACE inhibitors, statins and blood pressure medications. You can sprinkle the pomegranate seeds on any dessert or salad to give an extra taste.

 

3. Grapes: Grape is a well-known natural product. It serves numerous advantages for both mother and the developing child. The pesticides that are showered on the grape plants to keep the insects away makes the fruit inedible especially during pregnancy. Grapes contain a lot of Resveratrol, a natural compound found in its skin which is poisonous and can cause a harmful reaction on the pregnant ladies whose hormones are imbalanced.

It can develop constipation among pregnant women as the skin of the grapes are pretty tough to be digested properly

Never eat grapes if you have any of the following during pregnancy:

Already suffering from digestive problems

Have diabetes mellitus

Obesity

 

4.Papaya: Don eat raw papaya or semi-ripe papaya during pregnancy. When eaten moderately, ripe papaya will never harm the unborn child. Unripe and partially ripe papaya are abundant in latex which triggers uterine contraction resulting miscarriage during early stages and preterm birth in later stages of pregnancy. The enzymes present in papaya are not only abortifacient (causing abortion) but also teratogenic (affect the physiological growth of fetus). Unripe papaya can put in more than enough pressure on blood vessels, and even prompt internal bleeding and bleeding in the placenta. This will slow down the circulation of the blood influencing badly the development of the foetus

 

5.Pineapple: Though pineapple is a good source of vitamins, proteins and minerals, eating pineapple especially during early stages of pregnancy should be avoided keeping away from unexpected events such as enfeebling cervix. Bromelain, an enzyme present in the pineapple cause the weakening of the cervix resulting in preterm labor or miscarriage. Pineapple has high sugar concentration which is harmful to women with gestational diabetes. It can also trigger uterine contractions which are not good for the growing uterus. Pineapple is considered as a ‘hot food’. And hot foods are known to cause premature labor or miscarriage.

 

So beware and eat healthy but eat everything in moderation and wash all fruits and vegetables well before consuming it as everything is loaded with chemicals and pesticides.


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