Can you eat avocados during and after pregnancy?
Article by Cherlynn Ng
The short answer is yes! Due to its (healthy) fat content, the avocado is an often misunderstood fruit despite its plethora of health benefits. But you might be surprised to know that it’s actually a superfood for mothers at every stage of their parenthood journey.
For those uninitiated, avocados are high in:
• Omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, and omega-9 fatty acids
• Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6
• Vitamins C, E, and K
• Folic acid and antioxidants
• Zinc, magnesium and potassiuma
This makes avocados a great boost to any diet. Its rich fibre content will keep you full and satiated for a long time, on top of promoting digestion and smooth bowel movements. You probably don’t know this, but the antibacterial properties in avocados can also effectively wipe out the bacteria in your mouth and prevent bad breath.
Meanwhile, fatty acids slow the breakdown of carbohydrates, therefore keeping blood sugar and cholesterol levels stable. Consuming the healthy fats in avocados not only gives you healthy hair and skin, it works well in enhancing your body’s absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, minerals and various nutrients too.
Avocados are a favourite among expecting mums as they help to keep birth defects at bay. Not only do they promote your baby’s growth and neurological development, they also reduce liver damage and improve vision in both mother and child. Breastfeeding mums seeking a boost to their breast milk supply are also known to turn to this wonderful fruit. Additionally, you will be pleased to know that avocados protect new mummies from attack by free radicals and pollutants thanks to their antioxidant properties. A stronger immune system? Yes, please!
The best part is how avocados require little to no preparation, making them an almost effortless add-on to any meal, whether you are pregnant, in confinement or are breastfeeding. Avocado toast and smoothies, anyone?
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