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fruits and vegetables to eat during pregnancy

Discussion in 'Pregnancy & Labor' started by Nitheka, Feb 21, 2010.

  1. Nitheka

    Nitheka New IL'ite

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    Hi ILite guys,

    while surfing through the net i got this information about having fruits and vegetables to be taken during pregnancy,i just want to share this with you all....

    As often as possible, try to eat seven or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day (three servings of fruit and four of vegetables) . A rule of thumb for making sure you're getting the best nutrition you can is to vary the colors of the fruit and vegetables you eat. See the lists, below, for recommended serving sizes.

    Top-rated fruits (recommended serving size)

    • 1 cup cubed papaya

    • 1/8 cantaloupe

    • 1/2 cup strawberries

    • 2 small oranges or 1/2 cup orange juice

    • 2 small tangerines

    • 1 kiwi

    • 1/2 medium mango

    • 2 large fresh or dried apricots

    • 1/2 medium persimmon

    • 1 1/3 cup raspberries or blackberries

    • 1/2 grapefruit or 1/2 cup grapefruit juice

    Other fruits (recommended serving size)

    • 2/3 cup blueberries

    • 2/3 cup pitted fresh cherries

    • 1 slice of pineapple

    • 1 medium pear

    • 1 small banana

    • 1 apple

    • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

    • 2/3 cup grapes

    Leafy greens and yellow vegetables (recommended serving size)

    • 1/2 cup cooked spinach

    • 1/2 cup cooked collard greens

    • 1 1/2 cups endive or escarole

    • 1/3 cup cooked kale or mustard greens

    • 1/3 cup cooked beet greens

    • 3/4 cup cooked broccoli or turnip greens

    • 8-10 dark green lettuce leaves

    • 1/4 cup cooked winter squash

    • 1/3 cup cooked Swiss chard

    • 1/4 small sweet potato or yam

    • 2/3 cup zucchini

    • 1 medium potato

    • 1/2 cup parsley

    • 1/2 cup pea pods

    • 1/2 cup tomatoes

    • 1 cup fresh mushrooms

    • 1/2 cup bean sprouts

    • 3/4 cup green beans

    • 6 asparagus spears

    • 2/3 cup brussels sprouts

    • 1/2 cup okra
     
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  2. Yashikushi

    Yashikushi Moderator IL Hall of Fame

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    Hi
    Fruits and vegetables provide vitamins (such as C and A), minerals (such as potassium and magnesium), fiber, and phytochemicals.
    Vitamin C, found in many fruits and vegetables, helps to absorb iron and promotes healthy gums for both you and your baby. Dark green vegetables have vitamin A, iron and folate — other important nutrients.
    So fruits and veggies play an important role during pregnancy.

    Thanks for the sharing.
     

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