10 Health Benefits Of Eating Green Apples During Pregnancy

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Like red apples, consuming green apples during pregnancy has several health benefits. They are a little sour in taste and are mostly used for cooking. However, you can enjoy them raw and reap several benefits such as better digestion, healthy skin, and prevention of DNA damage, to name a few. However, you should avoid consuming many of them because excess green apples may cause side effects. Read the post to know about the benefits of eating green apples when pregnant and the side effects of eating too many of them.

Benefits Of Green Apples During Pregnancy

Your body needs an extra dose of nutrients during pregnancy. It has to support two lives, after all! With green apples in your diet, you can expect the following benefits:

1. Good for digestion

You can expect a lot of digestive issues, like constipation and irritable bowel syndrome during your pregnancy journey (1). Green apples contain a lot of fiber, which can help keep your digestive system running smoothly.

2. Improves appetite

Has your appetite gone for a toss? That’s a pretty normal experience for pregnant women. But the tart taste of green apple may just be the thing you need to jump-start your appetite!

3. Prevents DNA damage

Your body goes through a lot of wear and tear during pregnancy. This can lead to DNA damage, which can further cause cancer (2). Green apples contain antioxidants and can help prevent DNA damage in your body.

4. Can prevent preeclampsia

High blood pressure or preeclampsia can prove to be dangerous – both for you and for your unborn baby. Vitamin C deficiency is one of the causes for severe preeclampsia or HELLP (3).

So, you need to ensure adequate vitamin C intake during pregnancy. Green apples contain ample amounts of this vitamin and can help protect you from these life-threatening diseases.

5. Good for the skin

Many women suffer from skin issues while pregnant (4). This can take a toll on your self-confidence. If you are looking for ways to keep your skin looking its best, try eating green apples! They contain vitamins A, B, and C – all of which work to keep your skin healthy and radiant.

6. Keeps liver healthy

Excessive bile secretion from your liver can cause severe complications while you are pregnant, including preterm birth (5). Green apples are known to be good for liver health and can prevent such issues.

7. Prevents gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes is common during pregnancy. But it can lead to many serious complications, including type 2 diabetes (6). Green apples can help manage blood sugar levels and may keep gestational diabetes at an arms length.

8. Provides horde of nutrients

Vitamins A, C, B6 – you can find them all in green apples. This yummy fruit also contains ample amounts of minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, etc. If you include green apples to your diet, you can get all these nutrients with each bite!

9. Contains protein

Are you looking for meat-free sources of protein for your pregnancy diet? Give green apples a try.

10. Helps ease body pains

Pregnancy comes with body aches and pains. Your growing uterus puts a lot of pressure on your body. Consumption of green apple during pregnancy can provide relief from an achy body and makes it little easier.

We are sure you are tempted to rush out and buy a basket of green apples right now! But hold on! They are not without their side effects.

Side Affects Of Consuming Too Many Green Apples

So, you want to include green apples to your diet today? That’s perfect. But you need to understand the side effects of eating too many of green apples during pregnancy first.

1. Low on calories

You need a lot of calories during pregnancy. But green apples contain tons of protein but less amount of calories. This can lead to a feeling of satiety. Without adequate appetite, you can suffer from fatigue. So, don’t just depend on green apples. Include calorie rich foods along with it to get complete nutrition.

2. Can cause weight loss

You need to gain weight to sustain a healthy pregnancy. Too many green apples a day can make weight gain a problem and can even cause weight loss.

You may have heard about consuming as many fruits as you can while pregnant from your doctor and well-wishers. So if you are thinking about green apples during pregnancy, go ahead and add them to your diet. It is a highly nutritious and juicy fruit that can provide for a healthy pregnancy by aiding in your digestion, helping with your daily dose of proteins, and maintaining glowy skin. As long as you have it in moderation, you can safely enjoy this green, sour and healthy fruit during pregnancy.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do apples help with nausea during pregnancy?

Yes, eating an apple on an empty stomach may help reduce nausea and enable you to continue eating regular meals during the day (7).

2. Are green apples acidic?

Yes, apples are acidic fruits with a pH level between three and four (8) (9).

3. How many apples can I eat in a day during pregnancy?

You may eat two cups of fruits a day during pregnancy. So, eat two apples during the day since one apple will be approximately equal to one cup (10).

References:

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  2. V Toescu et al., (2002); Oxidative stress and normal pregnancy.
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12390334/
  3. Ak Klemmensen et al., (2009); Intake of vitamin C and E in pregnancy and risk of pre-eclampsia: prospective study among 57 346 women.
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19522799/
  4. Silonie Sachdeva; (2008); The Dermatoses Of Pregnancy.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2763729/
  5. Anna Glantz et al., (2004); Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy: Relationships between bile acid levels and fetal complication rates.
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15368452/
  6. Diabetes and Pregnancy.
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Ria Saha

Ria is a techie-turned-writer and writes articles on health, with special emphasis on nutrition. She did her B.Tech from West Bengal University of Technology and was previously associated with IBM as SAP ABAP technical consultant. She moved into freelance content writing in 2013 and worked for various websites including MomJunction, Brainpulse Technologies, and Emarketz India.

Jyoti Benjamin

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Jyoti Benjamin has 25 years of experience as a clinical dietitian and currently works in Seattle. She focuses on teaching people the value of good nutrition and helping them lead healthy lives by natural means. Benjamin has a masters in Foods and Nutrition, and has been a longtime member and Fellow of AND (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) and the... more

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