Pregnancy is a time for weird flavors and weirder food cravings. While you may enjoy eating tangy caper buds all the time, is it safe to add the herb to your food, or indeed include it in your diet, during pregnancy?
Here we help answer that question for you. Scroll down and learn all about the safety, or the benefit of eating capers during pregnancy.
What Are Capers?
Capers are popular as unripe flower buds of the Capparis Spinosa plant. The herb is native to the Mediterranean. Capers are small pea-sized buds of a flower and taste quite similar to lemons. You can add the herb in pickles and other tasty cuisines to enhance the flavor. The tangy flavor buds offer you several health benefits to help you stay fit (1).
Is It Safe To Eat Capers During Pregnancy?
Even though there is no concrete scientific evidence about the safety of eating capers in pregnancy, you can add some tasty buds to food during pregnancy. Make sure you don’t overdo it, as an excess of the herb may endanger your pregnancy. Remember to consult your doctor before you include capers in your diet while expecting (2).
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Health Benefits Of Eating Capers During Pregnancy:
Capers not only make your food more delicious but also offer many health benefits during pregnancy. Here, are some prominent benefits of eating capers while expecting.
1. Promotes Bone Development:
Capers are a rich source of minerals, such as calcium, iron, copper, and sodium. A good intake of calcium and iron helps strengthen your bones and promotes the appropriate development of bones of the fetus. Copper helps in the production of enzymes that promote the smooth functioning of your body processes. Also, iron boosts your hemoglobin count and prevents the risk of development of anemia during pregnancy (3).
2. Treats Flatulence And Constipation:
Caper is an effective solution for treating flatulence, constipation, and stomach cramps while expecting. Capers contain good amounts of fiber that promote smooth bowel movements and prevent constipation troubles. One tablespoon of the herb provides your 0.3 grams of fiber that is about 3% of your daily recommended intake of fiber. Also, the herb improves you appetite and health (4).
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3. Promotes Skin Health:
Caper is beneficial for enhancing your skin health during pregnancy. If you have dry skin, then capers can moisturize the skin effectively. Also, the herb helps treat several skin disorders such as skin inflammation, pimples, irritation, and redness. The antioxidant content of the herb improves your skin texture substantially while expecting (5).
4. Prevents Cancer:
Vitamin A, rutin, quercetin, and the antioxidant content in the capers neutralize the free radical activity in your body and prevent the development of several cancers during pregnancy. Rutin increases the circulation of blood and minimizes the strain on your blood vessels (6).
5. A Source Of Energy:
The Vitamin B12 content in the herb provides you sufficient energy while expecting. Also, other vitamins and nutrients in the herb help ensure you enjoy a healthy pregnancy (7).
[ Read: Kiwi Fruits During Pregnancy ]
Side Effects Of Eating Capers During Pregnancy:
Even though there are several health benefits of adding capers to your food during pregnancy, the excess of the herb can prove harmful. Here are common side effects of the herb while expecting.
- Premature labor
- Skin rash and irritation
- Excessive bleeding (8)
So, avoid adding the excess of capers in your food during pregnancy to avoid the risk of the above side effects.
Did you add capers to your food while expecting? How did you benefit from it? Tell us about capers pregnancy. Other expecting moms would like to hear from you. Leave a comment below.
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