On 09/Feb/2019 / In Articles
Dates or date palm is a flowering plant species in the palm family, Arecaceae, which is cultivated for its edible sweet fruit and is also well known for being odorless. The Nigeria name for dates fruit is Esoo meka – Yoruba, Oge – Igbo, Dabino – Hausa. We know that dates are highly nutritious as they are high in proteins, fibre, and vitamins, which aid in easy and healthy living generally, but let have an insight of its health boon during pregnancy. Below are a few specific health benefits of eating dates during pregnancy: Provide energy: During pregnancy, you need more energy than usual. Consuming a handful of dates every day will supply the required sugars without adding extra calories. Keep constipation away:
As dates are rich sources of fibre, they keep the digestive system healthy and treat pregnancy-related constipation. They make the tummy full, reduce cholesterol levels, and help maintain a healthy weight. Proteins produce amino acids: Dates provide sufficient amount of proteins required by your body to build amino acids, which are essential for body growth. Helps in preventing birth defects: Dates are a good source of folate. Folate prevents birth defects related to the brain and spinal cord. Vitamin K boost to the baby: Babies are born with low Vitamin K.
If the mother consumes dates, they meet the requirement of the vitamin when the baby breastfeeds. Vitamin K aids in clotting and bone development. Prevents anaemia: Dates can provide you with the iron content required during pregnancy to keep anaemia at bay. Iron maintains haemoglobin in the body and strengthens both yours and your baby’s immunity. Maintain water-salt balance: Dates contain potassium, which maintains water-salt balance, regulates blood pressure, and avoids muscle cramps. Deficiency of this mineral could lead to kidney related issues. Bones and teeth in the baby: Magnesium is another essential mineral as it helps in the formation of teeth and bones in the baby. It also regulates your blood sugar and blood pressure levels. Dates help in preventing magnesium deficiency which may otherwise cause liver and kidney abnormalities.
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