Grapefruit can be found in a variety of hues – from white, yellow, and pink to red. And guess what – it boasts of just as many nutrients. This glamorous cousin of orange has a world of benefits to offer to an expecting mom and her baby.
Grapefruit is a rich source of potassium and flavonoids that help regulate blood pressure and control preeclampsia during pregnancy. One research suggests that just one cup of red grapefruit helps manage cholesterol. Grapefruit is high in nutrients but low in calories, this makes it a weight-conscious mom-to-be’s best friend. It’s high Vitamin C content helps the body absorb more iron, preventing the risk of anaemia during pregnancy. It is effective in the management of heartburn and indigestion, as well as constipation, prevents cold and flu and maintains bone density. Grapefruit, especially the pink and red ones are a good source of antioxidants. It also has a low glycemic index, making it a perfect choice in the management of gestational diabetes.
However, avoid having grapefruit on an empty stomach or if you suffer from hepatic or kidney disorders, stomach ulcers or have a history of allergies. According to a 2016 review, grapefruit interacts with over 85 drugs – ranging from anti-anxiety and anti- allergy to heart medications as well. It is best to consult your doctor before eating grapefruit during pregnancy. Too much grapefruit can also dangerously increase fructose levels in the expecting mother’s body, affecting the healthy development of the foetus. Please consult your doctor about fruits safe to eat during pregnancy.
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