Can I eat tamarind while pregnant?
Native to Asia and North Africa, tamarind is a fruit that grows in pods that contain seeds and sour pulp. It is used to add a sour taste to certain Asian and African recipes. Tamarind has also been used for medicinal purposes, such as treating colds, constipation, and nausea during pregnancy, according to Charmaine D'Souza, author of "Kitchen Clinic: Good Health Always With Charmaine." The fruit is safe to use during pregnancy as long as you consume it in moderate amounts. Of course, you should always consult your doctor before adding any diet to your pregnancy.
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Vitamin and mineral strength
One cup of tamarind pulp contains 3.36 milligrams of iron, which is 12 percent of the 27 milligrams of iron that pregnant women need as part of their daily diet. Iron is important because it helps support your increased blood volume, but it can also decrease your chances of premature birth and your baby's risk of low birth weight, according to the American Pregnancy Association. The same amount of tamarind also provides 2.3 milligrams of niacin, which is 13 percent of the 18 milligrams you need each day during pregnancy. Niacin promotes normal development of the skin, nerves, and digestive system. Tamarind also provides small amounts of vitamins A, C, and K.
Rich in fiber
Tamarind is an impressive source of fiber, with 6.1 grams per cup. That's 22 percent of the at least 28 grams of fiber you should be consuming in your daily diet, according to the Similac website. Eating a high-fiber diet is one way to prevent constipation, a common pregnancy complaint. Getting enough fiber can also prevent you from gaining too much weight. Fiber fills you up, which can help prevent you from eating more than you need to keep yourself healthy and promote normal fetal development.
Morning sickness treatment
Tamarind has long been used to relieve symptoms of morning sickness, writes D'Souza. The compounds in tamarind can have abdominal depressant effects, which can help alleviate some of the nausea and vomiting that most pregnant women experience during the first trimester of pregnancy. Dr. H. K. Bakhru, author of "Indian Spices and Spices as Natural Healers," notes that sucking on a piece of tamarind that has been sprinkled with salt and pepper can be an effective treatment for morning sickness. Always ask your doctor before using tamarind as a morning treatment to be sure it is right for you.
Including tamarind in a healthy pregnancy diet
If your doctor gives you the green light to eat tamarind, look for it in specific Asian, Indian, or Mexican markets, recommends the Fine Cooking website. The fruit is harder to find in fresh form in most supermarkets, although some large grocery stores are frozen Have tamarind or bottled tamarind concentrate in stock. In addition to sucking on fresh tamarind, you can also use the fruit to flavor homemade sorbets, salad dressings and drinks like fresh lemonade.
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