Pregnancy is the most unexceptional moment of a woman’s life. It is that moment of life when each and everyone shows extra care about you and are extra careful about what you eat. Although elders come up with the list of what to eat and what not to during pregnancy, there are a few foods which appear in both lists of dos and don’ts. One of such foods is brinjal. Just like other pregnant women, if you are also unsure about whether to eat it or not during pregnancy, we will help you decide on that. Read on to know more!
Eggplant - What is it?
Eggplants, commonly known as aubergine, baigan or brinjal, is a common vegetable in Asia. The tasty veggie is also called as “poor man’s caviar” and is well known for its health benefits. It is rich in fiber, potassium, copper, thiamine, vitamin B6, folate, magnesium and niacin. Brinjal is very well-suited for young and old alike. It is also less in calories because there contains only 11 calories in half a cup of raw eggplant.
Is it okay to eat Brinjal during Pregnancy?
When you are pregnant, your safety and the baby’s safety is on top of the list. So, it is very obvious to question whatever you are consuming. Then, the question is: how safe it is to consume brinjal during pregnancy?
According to a few people, brinjal is not recommended to pregnant women as it is believed to have phytohormones. These could lead to menstruation and, thus, miscarriages. On the other hand, brinjal also has many health benefits for pregnant women such as its role in the foetal development. It could also provide the required vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin E. Hence, it is recommended to pregnant women to consume within limits.
Health Benefits of Brinjal:
- Boosts proper development of the baby: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, B complex and niacin in eggplant help in the proper growth of the foetus.
- Immunity: Vitamin C in the brinjal is known to augment a body’s resistance towards various disease. Hence, it helps pregnant women to stay away from health problems.
- Count of Red Blood Cells (RBC): Red blood cells play a major role in the growth of foetus by helping in the development of nerves, brain cells and muscles. It also ensures the sufficient presence of iron in both the mother and baby. The folate present in brinjal converts to folate acid when consumed and acts as a basic source in RBC production.
- Electrolyte Balance: Various minerals such as magnesium, iron, potassium, etc present in eggplants help in regulating the electrolyte balance. It also help in regulating proper blood supply to both the mother and child.
- Cholesterol levels: Eggplants reduce bad cholesterol level (LDL) and boost good cholesterol levels (HDL). In turn, it also helps prevent heart-related problems, atherosclerosis and strokes. Eggplants promote overall cardiovascular health.
- Hypertension: Pregnant women are vulnerable to hypertension and blood pressure issues. The thiamine, bioflavonoids and riboflavin which are present in brinjal regulates hypertension and blood pressure levels - always assuring a good heart rate.
- Gestational Diabetes: In case pregnant women are suffering from gestational diabetes, consuming brinjal could help in regulating the blood sugar levels.
Side-effects of Brinjal consumption during Pregnancy:
- Miscarriage: The phytohormones present in brinjal does trigger menstruation which could cause miscarriage as well. Yet, the consumption of brinjal in small quantities and on an occasional basis may not be harmful to pregnant women.
- Premature delivery: Toxoplasmosis is present in the soil where brinjal grows. If brinjal is consumed without rinsing and washing it properly, it might lead to premature delivery. Also, when pregnant women eat it often, it might even stimulate uterine contractions. Thus, this too could cause premature delivery.
- Allergies: More often than not, pregnant women might suffer from allergies if brinjal is consumed beyond the recommended limit. The reason for this could be the hormonal changes the pregnant body is undergoing.
- Levels of acidity: Brinjal might induce high levels of acidity in pregnant women leading to anxiety and discomfort.
- Cold/Hot Food category: In Japan, eggplant is considered to be a dark food that spreads cold energy. Hence, it is not recommended for pregnant women.