Health Benefits Of Guava During Pregnancy

 

Guava is a popular and controversial fruit in Nigeria about its consumption. Does it have proper nutrients and can one eat the seeds? These burning questions have been stuck in our minds for a long time.In this article, we explore guava as a fruit of choice during pregnancy, and its benefits to pregnant women.

 

 

Nutritional component of guava

  • Zinc
  • Iron
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamins A
  • Vitamin B12
  • Copper
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorous 
  • Manganese

 

 

 

Health benefits of guava during pregnancy

  • Prevent gestational diabetes: Regular consumption of guava prevents gestational diabetes because guava has a low glycemic index. Guava inhibits a rise in blood sugar and this prevents gestational diabetes.

 

  • Lowers cholesterol levels: Research has shown that eating guavas a few hours before meals may play a role in reducing cholesterol levels. High cholesterol can cause cardiovascular diseases and it may affect the growing foetus.

 

  • Source of folic acid: Guavas contain folic acid which helps to prevent neural tube defects in the growing foetus. It also promotes circulatory system formation in the baby. 

 

  • High in fibre: Guavas are high in fibre and they help to prevent constipation in pregnancy by promoting bowel movement. 

 

  • High in vitamin C: Guavas have a high vitamin C content which promotes iron absorption. Thereby preventing anaemia during pregnancy.

 

Guava are nutrient-rich fruit to eat during pregnancy. While they have a unique taste, they are rich in fiber, vitamin C, and folic acid. Moderation is key when eating.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

  • Can I eat guava seed?

Pregnant women should not eat guava seeds as this may cause abdominal discomfort.

 

  • Is guava safe for pregnant women with gestational diabetes?

Guavas are safe for women with gestational diabetes as they help manage blood sugar.

 

  • Can I take guava in the morning?

You can take gave any time of the day. 

 

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