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Fruits to eat during pregnancy

November 19th, 2011 | Posted by Vegetarian Mommie in Nutrition

The fruit group is an important food family to any pregnancy. Fruits provide many necessary nutrients for a healthy pregnancy, but some are better than others. In general, and especially during pregnancy, one needs to make the right fruit choices. The best fruits to eat are those that are low on the glycemic index. The lower the glycemic index the better! Fruits that have a low glycemic index will cause the least amount of change in your blood glucose and insulin.

Strawberries, Kiwi, and Mangoes for a quick snack!
A sample snack can be cut strawberries, kiwi, and mangoes for a quick, fruity snack

Oranges and orange juice are both great low glycemic index fruit choices. Oranges contain folic acid which helps promote healthy neural tube growth. Be sure to get enough folic acid during your first trimester!

Vitamin C is also very important during pregnancy and can be found in a multitude of fruits. Get your vitamin C from oranges, raisins, apricots, strawberries, and peaches. Apricots and peaches have low glycemic index numbers. Raisins are classified as medium, so they can be an option as well. Even though fruits like dates are a great source of vitamin C, they should be avoided because their glycemic index is classified as high.

Vitamins A and B6 are also important to the health of your baby. Eat some peaches or mangoes to get vitamin A and grapes or bananas to get the B6. Mangoes, grapes, and bananas all have low glycemic index numbers and mangoes are listed as medium. Watermelons can provide some great nutrients to pregnant women, but they should be avoided. The glycemic index of watermelon is seventy-two; this is much higher than the previously listed fruits with a low rating.

A sample fruit basket
Stock up with bananas, apples, and oranges (to name a few) when pregnant

Other fruits with a low glycemic index include: cherries, grapefruit, apples, pears, plums, and kiwi. All of these fruits are great additions to your diet during pregnancy.

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