Our main objective today is to shed light on one particular fruit, we think all pregnant mothers should have in their diets: The Pineapple. The tropical pineapple is one of the most outstanding nutritious fruits of all-time. No wonder it is the second most popular fruit in North America.The fruit is jam packed with a near-infinite supply of powerful nutrients and other health promoting substances for the expectant moms and for their growing babies.
Here is a complete breakdown of our research findings about the Pineapple, and most importantly, its roles and impacts in facilitating a smooth pregnancy and an even smoother delivery by the moms. Our inspiration to feature the pineapple was sired by the need and the desire to quell and allay the fears and the worries a majority of the moms face with respect to whether eat or not to eat pineapples during their pregnancies.
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We were really taken aback at some of the horrendous myths and misconceptions surrounding this fruit and we saw it fit to write an in-depth review of the pineapple fruit. Expectant moms are always finding themselves faced with so many different advice and counsel. They are often bombarded with conflicting and confusing advice on what to eat and of the foods to avoid. The World is now a day’s apparently full of ‘expert dietitians’ who claim to know all when it comes to the best foods for the moms.
Just go online today and search for something cliché and something generic for instance, ‘best and worst foods during pregnancies’ and you will be astonished by the overwhelming number of responses and advice you get from the self-proclaimed nutritionists and dieticians.
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Fortunately for us, though, we have stellar trusted website and domains, Sites with an impeccable proven-record of assisting with not only the expectant mother’s diet concerns but, with any other health and wellness concern, for that matter.
Healthy Mothers Give Birth to Healthier Babies
Expectant moms always have to bear in mind the need and the importance of eating foods and fruits that will have the most profound positive impact to them and to their growing babies. Moms should always remember that unlike was the case before they were pregnant and they were only eating and drinking to satisfy the dietary needs of only their cells, tissues and other body organs as well, now they have double of everything to satisfy every time they eat.
At the same time, the same moms are vehemently warned by the doctors and by the experts against eating too much and consequently putting on too much weight. Being overweight happens to be one of the biggest risks any expectant mom could face and keeping the weight in check is arguably the number one priority for all to-be moms.
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Now, how on earth are pregnant people expected to keep their weights within certain narrow limits with all the raging hormones in play and still be eating enough food to nourish all the needs and wants of both them and their growing unborn babies?
That’s quite the quagmire right? Actually, it is not as complicated and as hard as it looks from the outside looking inwards. Moms are able to strike a perfect, near-harmonious balance and go ahead to experience a really peaceful and healthy pregnancy just by being knowledgeable and informed about the right amounts of nutrients to ingest.
A Brief History of Pineapples
According to some historians believe that the juicy and the succulent fruit trace its origins to Brazil, South America. The fruit found its way to the tables of the mostly European royalty courtesy of the famous explorer and discoverer, Christopher Columbus. Columbus is rumored to have used the pineapples to both cure and prevent the onset and the generation of the disease they referred to as the Sailors disease aka what we now call Scurvy. Many years are said to have passed before the fruit finally became a delicacy meant to be partaken and enjoyed by the common folk.
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Meet the King of Pineapples!
The popularization and the commercialization of the fruit came about thanks to the gallant efforts made by one, James Dole. Dole is said to have embarked on a quest to see to it that pineapples would be readily available and sold in all the grocery stores not only in his Hawaii hometown but all over North America as well. And, he was mighty successful with his venture.
Amazing Facts of the Pineapple
- South East Asia, notably Thailand produces the highest percent of the global total tonnage of pineapples.
- The fruit can only produce once per year and it does so thanks to pollination by the Hummingbirds, primarily.
- The native Indians in Brazil, South America, were fond of using the fruit as a gift or as a token of friendship. To the Indians, the direct translation of the word pineapple is actually, ‘an excellent fruit’.
- Every part in a pineapple is useful in one way or the other. The fleshy core is edible and nutritious to us humans, the remains after we extract the bromelain juice is used to feed and nourish animals with vitamin A.
- In ancient times, young men from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and even from Honduras in the Caribbean would undergo the initiation rite of passage by running through a pineapple plantation naked.
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Even though we have pointed out how the pineapples only produce edible fruits once per year, it is worth noting that at no one time will you fail to find a tasty pineapple on your local grocery store, anywhere in the World. Let’s have a look at the daily values provided by the consumption of pineapples and compare them to the amount of the nutrients our bodies require per given day.
Vitamin C& Other Micro-nutrients in Pineapples & Their Roles in Pregnant Women
The equivalent of 165 grams of a chunk of a pineapple will supply our bodies with up to 105% DRI/DV value of Ascorbic acid or Vitamin C. In addition, a cup of pineapple weighing 165 grams contains vital basic macro nutrients and calories needed for the proper growth and development of both the mother and their growing babies. They include:-
- Proteins with a DRI/DV value of 2%
- Carbohydrates with a value of 10%
- Dietary fiber of DRI/DV values of 9%
- Calories of a 5%
Apart from the micro nutrient, Vitamin C mentioned above, the fruit comes laden with other health enhancing vitamins namely:-
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- Water-soluble vitamin B complexes like vitamin B(11%), vitamin B2(4%), vitamin B3(5%), vitamin B6(11%), Folate(7%).
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
A cup of pineapple juice contains a vast array of the essential minerals our bodies require. They include, Boron, Calcium, Chloride, Chromium, Copper, Fluoride, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorous, Potassium, Molybdenum, Sodium and Zinc. Even though most of these minerals are found in trace and in minute quantities they play a crucial role in making sure all proceeds well and smoothly all through the pregnancy period and beyond. Of the minerals mentioned, the most abundant is Manganese which has a recorded value of the DRI/DV of 77%.
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Moving on, we now know that a 165 gram cup of pineapple syrup also contains the good, or the recommended fatty acids. The fatty acids available in the fruit include:-
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Omega-6 fatty acids
- Monounsaturated fats namely the Myristoleic, Pentecostalism, Palmitol, Heptadecenoic and Oleic acids.
- Polyunsaturated fatty acids namely Linoleic and Arachnoid acids.
Pineapples also contain essential and vital individual amino acids like Alanine, Arginine, Cysteine and Leucine. Finally, a pineapple will nourish our bodies with ash, organic acids and with sugar alcohols too, according to various massively trusted website.
Focus on Pineapples and Pregnancies
All of the minerals, vitamins, fatty acids and amino acids we have elucidated have their own unique roles to play in the embryo from the time it is conceived and formed and all along as it continues to grow and mature. Vitamin C the most abundant of the micronutrients for instance is responsible for making sure the following positive effects occur in the both the mothers and the embryos bodies and systems.
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- Vitamin C generates and repairs the body tissues
- It promotes quicker healing of wounds
- It is a strong anti-inflammatory agent which serves to exponentially improve and enhance our immune system responses.
- It stimulates the growth and development of bones and teeth in our bodies.
- Ascorbic acid is responsible for the detoxification of body cells as it is a potent antioxidant. Vitamin C has been observed to play an integral role in keeping the placenta clean and healthy and also making sure that the amniotic fluid environment is completely devoid of harmful toxins for the sake of the wellbeing of the unborn baby.
- Courtesy of the water soluble vitamin complexes we have listed above, this fruit makes it possible for expectant mothers to have a fantastic water retention-water reuptake ratio ideal for the moms-to-be.
- The fiber content in the fruit serves to deter any constipation in the soon-to-be moms
- Vitamin B6 is a natural anti-nauseating agent that serves to deter the occurrence of the awful morning sickness in the expectant moms
- Ascorbic acid will ensure the bloods hemoglobin levels stay in check and within the ideal/optimum levels by actively reabsorbing iron from the pineapples.
- Vitamin C is responsible for elevating the blood levels of the unborn babies too.
- Vitamin C will also see to it that the mother’s blood pressure does not soar upwards to potentially risky and dangerous levels both for her and for her unborn baby as well.
- Basically speaking, it is Vitamin C that makes it possible for all of the vital components of the baby while it is in the placenta are induced and catalyzed to properly develop and then fully form. Here we are referring to vital components the likes of the bones, the tendons, the cartilages, the muscles and even the collagen needed for binding together the gum cells, the skin cells and the tendon cells as well.
- Pineapples have the ability to help induce labor contractions in a delivering mom.
The adverse outcomes and repercussions of a pregnant mom whose diet lacks the Vitamin C in her diet include:-
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- A malformed fetal brain
- Her gums bleed
- A tendency of her capillaries and small blood vessels to rapture and tear leading to bleeding
- The onset of the medical condition known as scurvy
- The expectant mom experiences dry and rough skin lacking in supple moisture
It is equally important to note that it is indeed true what the wise adage says, ‘Even too much of a good thing-a pineapple-can be dangerous to our health and wellness!’
Risks Associated with Excess Pineapples for Expectant Moms
Over the years medical and nutritional experts have continued to caution and even warn the expectant moms about the real dangers of over partaking of this wonder fruit. Over indulging is thought to be associated with a remarkably higher chances and risks of a premature birth. Too much Vitamin C has also been strongly associated with the causation of diarrhea, bloating and accumulation of gas. In rare instances, consumption of higher dosages of Vitamin C has led to formation and development of kidney stones.
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In the off-chance that the expectant mom suffers from gout, excess intake of ascorbic acid may exacerbate the condition and make it worse.At times, the eating of too many pineapples comes with the real risks of causing the expectant moms to suffer from skin rash and heavy menstrual cycle flows.
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It’s no secret, the same experts remain sharply divided when it comes to addressing the elephant in the room that has people questioning whether or not pineapples are actually responsible for anomalies like premature deliveries witnessed during some pregnancies.Our verdict, is and will remain that if the moms receive the informed counsel and permissions to eat pineapples then nothing else ought to hold them back from relishing this delicacy.