Craving for "mango" during pregnancy? Just loosen yourself and take a dipWho doesn't have a mango craving? It is a common myth that one should not eat mangoes during pregnancy. Mango is indeed a healthy addition to your diet. It is considered as the “King of Fruits”. Ripen or raw, it is not harmful during pregnancy. It is packed with viatl nutrients. Let’s see how!
Health Benefits Of Mango
- If you are a mango lover, then you are sure to crave for mango during pregnancy. Mango is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamnin C and iron, which increases the Haemoglobin count. There will be a general reduction in Hb during pregnancy. Mango helps combating anaemia. One cup of mango gives you 100% of the RDA for Vitamin A.
- Mango acts as an anti-oxidant, increasing the immunity to the body during pregnancy.
- It contains folic acid which helps in the development of foetus. Generally doctors suggest folic acid medication during your first trimester or while planning to concieve.
- The sour taste of mango tingles your pregnancy crave for sourness and the natural sweetness satisfies your sweet craving during pregnancy.
- Raw mango helps in combating morning sickness and nausea.
- It makes your skin glow. Doesn’t "Pregnancy Glow" make you happy? :)
- It helps in fighting constipation during the mid-trimester.
- Ripen Mangoes are a perfect alternative to the high calorie artificial desserts if it’s challenging to put on ideal healthy weight.
How will I know if the mango is artificially or naturally ripened?
ColourIs the colour of the mango is unusually yellowish? Then beware it may be artificially ripened mangoes. Also, look for green patches which confirms that it is artificially ripened.
Texture of the pulpWhen you cut the mango, it will not be as juicy and fleshy as a naturally ripened mango.
Mango JuiceIf it is an artificially ripened one, quantity of juice and the sweetness of the juice will be lesser. Whereas naturally ripened mango juice are sweeter & the extract from the mango pulp is higher. What is the ideal quantity of intake recommended - “The Big Question” Anything in excess is not good for health. Limit yourself to ½-1 mango a day. If your doctor has suggested to avoid mangoes, then please abide by it. I love unripe mangoes! Is it safe during pregnancy? [caption id="attachment_4657" align="aligncenter" width="1280"]
- Peel off the skin if mangoes and eat them. This will avoid the wax coating in the mangoes
- Else peel off the skin of the mango and then eat.
- Maintain clean kitchen and utensils to slice the mango.
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