Is It Safe To Eat Litchi During Pregnancy?

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Litchi is a tropical fruit with a fleshy pulp and distinctive flavor and fragrance. In addition, it has a pleasantly sweet taste that may make several pregnant women crave litchi during pregnancy.

However, litchi is rich in sugar, which can add extra calories to your total calorie intake. Moreover, it can cause glucose spikes if consumed in excess. Hence, knowing how much litchi one should eat during pregnancy is vital to reap its benefits fully.

Read on as we tell you all you need to know about consuming litchi when pregnant, including its possible health benefits and side effects.

Is It Safe To Eat Litchi During Pregnancy?

It is safe to eat litchi in moderation. The fruit contains vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants, which can add to your daily intake of these nutrients during pregnancy.

But consult your doctor before adding them to your diet because having them in excess can affect your pregnancy.

Benefits Of Eating Litchi During Pregnancy

By including litchis in your diet, you can meet your daily recommended values of essential nutrients.

1. Vitamin C

Litchis contain high levels of vitamin C, which helps improve the immune system (1).

2. Potassium

Potassium is helpful in regulating fluid levels in the body system, therefore, controling heartbeat and blood pressure (2).

3. Fiber

Litchis are rich in dietary fiber, which eases digestion, prevents constipation and improves bowel movements (2).

4. Antioxidants

The fruit contains good amount of antioxidants, which play a crucial role in fighting free radicals and preventing oxidative damage (2).

5. Polyphenols

Litchis contain a significant amount of phenolic compounds, which help in managing weight and treating liver damage (2). They also work against type 2 diabetes.

Keep reading to know about the nutrition value of litchis in detail.

Nutritional Value Of Litchi

According to the USDA, the nutrition present in 100g of raw litchi fruit is as follows (3):

Vitamin C71.5mg
Thiamine (Vitamin B1)0.011mg
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)0.065mg
Niacin (Vitamin B3)0.603mg
Folate (Vitamin B9)14mcg
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)0.07mg

g=grams; mg=milligrams; mcg=micrograms; IU=international unit

Although nutritious, litchis can be bad for you when taken in excess amounts.

What Are The Possible Side Effects Of Litchi In Pregnancy?

Be mindful of the quantity of litchis in your diet, for over-consumption of the fruit can cause the following complications.

  • Generates internal heat, which is bad for you and your baby (4). It is known to cause an imbalance in the body, giving rise to some conditions such as a sore throat, bleeding nose, mouth ulcers and more.
  • The excess sugar in the fruit will cause a sudden surge in blood sugar levels, increasing the risk of gestational diabetes and worsening the condition if you already have it. Studies also suggest that litchis can work at dropping the blood sugar levels when taken in the right quantities (5).
  • Overeating litchis can lower your blood pressure to dangerous levels, causing conditions such as blurred vision, dizziness, cold, nausea, shallow breathing and extreme tiredness.
  • Litchi can increase the risk of bleeding when they interact with drugs such as aspirin, anticoagulants (heparin or warfarin), antiplatelet medications (clopidogrel) and NSAIDs (naproxen or ibuprofen).
  • Litchi can also cause hemorrhage when taken with herbs and supplements such as Ginkgo Biloba, garlic or saw palmetto (6).

These risks can be mitigated by carefully selecting quality litchis and storing them the right way.

How To Choose And Store Litchis?

The best litchis are those that are firm, reasonably hard, feel heavy and have a pinkish-brown dry shell. Do not choose the ones which are soft to hold, have black or cracked spots.

Litchis do not have an extended shelf life and need to be refrigerated for later use. Put them in a plastic bag and refrigerate to keep them fresh for a couple of weeks at most. The best way to benefit from litchis is to consume them fresh, without refrigerating them for long.

How To Consume Litchis?

Here is how you can enjoy this flavorful fruit.

  • Eat it whole by removing the skin and the seed.
  • Add to a pudding or make smoothies.
  • Add them to salad, cereal or yogurt.
  • Make fresh juices or mocktails in combination with other fruits.
  • Make a spread or topping along with other fruits.
  • Add them to desserts or serve on a cheese platter.

Keep reading for more about eating litchis when you are pregnant.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I drink litchi juice while pregnant?

Yes, you can drink litchi juice during pregnancy. But choose fresh litchi juice over canned ones to avoid excess sugars.

2. Can eating litchi increase the risk of gestational diabetes?

Over-consumption of litchi can increase the risk of gestational diabetes as this fruit falls under high glycemic index (GI) foods. High GI foods break down quickly after intake, raising the blood sugar levels (7).

3. What happens if you eat a litchi seed during pregnancy?

Litchi seeds are not known to have any effects on pregnancy, so eating them may not be harmful in any way. In fact, it could be beneficial since the extract from the seeds is known to possess antiviral and antioxidant properties (8).

Consuming litchi during pregnancy is considered safe for women as they are a rich source of iron and several essential vitamins. However, too much of anything is not good. So it is advised that you should have it in moderation to enjoy all its benefits. There are various ways to include litchi in your diet–eat it raw, make a smoothie, or add it to other desserts with fruits. Consult your doctor immediately if you sense any signs of allergy or irritation after consuming litchi.


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