Strawberries, the red rubies of the culinary world, are a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. Add them to a smoothie or a salad, sprinkle them on your granola bar or simply savour them raw, they are sure to delight. If you are an expecting mom-to-be and are craving strawberries, this is one indulgence your body and your baby will thank you for!
Strawberries are chock full of vitamin C, antioxidants, fiber, potassium and folate. Eating one cup of strawberries can provide 100% of your daily allowance of Vitamin C, which is essential for iron absorption in the body and to boost immunity.
Being a good source of folic acid, eating strawberries during pregnancy prevents birth defects in the baby. It reduces cholesterol and plaque, thus reducing the risk of cardiac disease. Vitamin A in strawberry improves eyesight by strengthening the retina and the cornea of the eyes. Rich in antioxidants and other nutrients, strawberry arrests effects of ageing, besides regulating blood pressure, muscle control, and nerve function and maintaining optimum electrolyte levels in the body.
Just make sure to wash the strawberries thoroughly before eating to avoid risk of E-coli during pregnancy. Organic strawberries are better as they are pesticide-free. If you are allergic to strawberries, avoid eating them during pregnancy. Consult your doctor about fruits safe to eat during pregnancy.