What to Eat When Growing a Baby
With so many resources and contradictory information out there it can be hard to know to to eat and what not to eat when pregnant.
Appearances can be deceptive when it comes to humans but with fruit and vegetables, their colors give us a fair idea about their nutritional benefits. Consider, all apples aren't the same. A green apple has more vitamins and fiber whereas a red apple has higher sugar and an antioxidant called anthocyanin.
Avocado, broccoli, peas, asparagus, kiwi, green apples, spinach, beans etc. are all examples of green colored fruits and vegetable. Their color makes them rich in iron, Vit K, C, E, folate, and chlorophyll. Green foods promote healthy growth of baby's skin, eyes, and bones
YELLOW / ORANGE
Mangoes, pumpkins, carrots, oranges, sweet corn, peaches, lemons, etc. are all orange and yellow colored. Their color is an indication that they are rich in Folate which is supper nutrient in pregnancy. It prevents neural tube defects in the unborn infant, while promoting brain and spinal cord growth. They are also a great source of vitamin A which is great for both mother's and the developing baby's lungs, kidneys, eyes, and bones ect.
Beets, strawberry, red apples, pomegranates, cherries, watermelon, tomatoes, all have a beautiful red color. While they all individually are powerhouses of many vitamins, in general, red fruit and vegetables contain some phytochemical which help control high blood pressure and diabetes which can cause complications during pregnancy. Their properties also promote good health by fighting against many diseases.
WHITE / BROWN
Bananas, dates, cauliflower, mushrooms, onions ginger, potatoes, ect. all have white or light brown tinge to them. They are superb source of fiber which helps solve constipation, a common pregnancy complaint. While being very rich in antioxidants, potassium, magnesium, they also help protect mother's heart from high cholesterol.
BLUE / PURPLE
Eggplant, blackberries, blueberries, purple grapes, black olives, etc. have a unique blue/purple color. What makes them special? They are a treasure trove of antioxidants which in turn increases the pregnant woman's immunity levels and help prevent infections.
Ironically, fruits and vegetables can easily be called natures fast food as most of them taste delicious when eaten raw. So every mom to be should make sure that her diet includes a little of each color to maximize her nutritional benefits