We know how everyone tells us how pregnancy is the most special time for a woman. But, as wonderful as that feeling is, pregnancy is a rather vulnerable time. Any carelessness regarding your diet or lifestyle can take a toll on not just you, but your unborn baby too.
So, it becomes necessary to eat healthy while you are expecting. And, when we say healthy food, we typically think of leafy vegetables. So, let’s look at the safety of eating one particular leafy vegetable i.e cabbage during pregnancy.
What Is Cabbage?
Cabbage is also called Brassica oleracea. It is a green leafy vegetable with many variants. It is closely related to Cole Crops viz. broccoli, Brussels, Cauliflower, etc. It is a multilayered vegetable i.e. it has a lot of layers.
The history of cabbage goes back to the times of 600 B.C. It is believed that the modern day cabbage is the descendant of the wild cabbage that was cultivated in Europe during those times. Also, wild cabbage was also grown during ancient Greek and Roman civilizations where it was a common belief that cabbage helped cure many ailments. Thus, it was used both as a vegetable as well as medicine.
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Over the years cabbage cultivation spread through Germany, Poland and Russia where it became a popular green leafy vegetable. Today, Japan, Poland, Russia, and China are the leading producers of cabbage in the world.
Is It Safe To Eat Cabbage During Pregnancy?
Yes! As long as you cook it properly you can safely eat cabbage during pregnancy. Raw cabbage, like other raw vegetables, is home to bacteria that can lead to a myriad of diseases while you are expecting. The continual use of pesticides and fungicides also makes cabbage more prone to fungal and bacterial infections. So, try to use organic cabbage that hasn’t been pesticide-treated to ensure healthy pregnancy.
You should consider eating cabbage during pregnancy as it has many health benefits for the body. It is a veritable warehouse of many essential nutrients. And here, we look at some of the main nutrients present in cabbage:
- Vitamins K, C, B6, B1, B3
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Health Benefits Of Cabbage During Pregnancy:
Cabbage not only helps improve digestion but also promotes eye health. Here, we list some other health benefits of consuming cabbage during pregnancy:
1. Improves Digestion:
Cabbage improves your digestive system health. It promotes digestion and helps overcome problems like constipation and irregular bowel movement. As constipation is one of the common symptoms of pregnancy, a regular diet of cabbage can help control it. Cabbage contains a high amount of dietary fiber, which helps regulate bowel movement and digestion.
2. DNA Health:
Cabbage is a rich source of folate or folic acid, which is vital to the DNA health of your fetus.
3. Low Calories:
Cabbage is low in calorie count and thus helps women maintain weight during pregnancy. So, all the mommies-to-be, if you want to gain minimum weight during pregnancy and ensure that you still eat healthily, include cabbage in your diet. You can also include cabbage juice during pregnancy.
[ Read: Spinach During Pregnancy ]
4. Prevent Gestational Diabetes:
Gestational Diabetes is very common during pregnancy. However, the high fiber content of cabbage helps keep blood pressure and blood sugar in check and reduces the risk of gestational diabetes during pregnancy.
5. Anti-Cancer Property:
Bright purple colored cabbage contains Anthocyanins. Studies proved that it has the property to fight against cancer.
6. Prevents Swelling:
Cabbage leaves during pregnancy play a vital role for swollen legs which is quite common during the phase. Wrapping cabbage leaves around the legs eases swelling condition.
A Word Of Caution:
If you are allergic to cabbage, broccoli, and other such vegetables, then you should consider speaking to your doctor before having cabbage during pregnancy. Do not experiment with your diet during these pivotal months.
Did you eat cabbage during pregnancy? How did it help? Share your story with other would-be-moms here.
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