Benefits of Coconut During Pregnancy
There are so many myths surrounding foods during pregnancy. To help, here is some science about coconut & how it qualifies to be a pregnancy superfood!
Coconut Water -- the first thing that you notice is the water. Is it safe for you? Does it benefit you? Actually, coconut water is hydrating as it contains sodium, potassium, magnesium, all important minerals which you may lose as you battle with your morning sickness! It also helps in re-hydration and prevents nausea.
Raw Coconut -- Eating coconut helps you with your needs of water & fiber. Coconut contains healthy fats, which are needed during pregnancy. Coconut also contains lauric acid which helps in milk production and is super helpful during lactation! You can choose to have coconut shredded, roasted, or even added to your desserts or meals. It prevents the feeling of fatigue, gives you energy, increases immunity, improves circulation, and also prevents dehydration.
Coconut Milk -- milk present in coconut is rich in iron, which can help prevent anemia. It also contains good fats which help in the growth of baby. The coconut milk also contains lauric acid which helps in milk production and helps in lactation when taken during pregnancy! However, if you have gestational diabetes you should be careful to moderate your intake according to your doctor's guidance & your glucose levels.
But what's the difference between coconut milk & coconut water? Coconut milk comes from the flesh of the coconut and is rich in calories. Coconut water on the other hand is a thin liquid that is high in potassium and often used as a source of fluid to quench hydration.
It's amazing how the most common foods prove to be so nutritious during pregnancy -- along with being so refreshing and flexible! (Doesn't coconut fit almost anywhere?)