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Is it safe to have Poppyseeds during pregnancy?

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Can I eat cakes garnished with poppy seeds during pregnancy?

Poppyseeds - also known as 

Khus khus
Limits during pregnancy
Consume in food amounts only

The nutty flavoured Poppy seeds are a go-to condiment in cakes and many other baked goods, as well as many traditional dishes. Both the seeds and their oil have a lot of health benefits to offer. They are rich in proteins, carbohydrates, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids as well as minerals like magnesium, calcium, copper, iron and zinc.

For an expecting mom, this means that consuming poppy seeds in foods will improve her digestion, provide relief from aches and pains, boost her heart health, strengthen her bones and give her beautiful skin and hair. The nutrients in poppy seeds are also beneficial for her baby, especially in the healthy development of the baby’s brain and bones.

While consuming poppy seeds in food amounts is considered safe during pregnancy, consumption of poppy seeds in medicinal amounts like those found in supplements should be avoided as it may cause allergic reactions. Poppy seeds found in supermarkets or on baked goods are free of any narcotics and by all means considered safe. But it is best to consult your doctor about foods safe to eat during pregnancy.

Good source of
Antioxidants, Vitamin B complex, Magnesium, Calcium, Copper, Iron, Zinc and Manganese

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