Pregnancy is a time of weird tastes and weirder cravings. While you may not like oranges or citrus fruits, pregnancy is known to alter your taste and make you crave such fruits.
If you are craving for some pomelo during pregnancy, but remain uncertain about the safety of consuming it, read our post below.
What Is Pomelo?
Pomelo is a citrus fruit. Native to Southeast Asian countries, pomelo is now available in most parts of the world. The pomelo is slightly larger than a grapefruit, and the flesh is white, yellow, pink or red. The skin of the fruit is green or yellow, and the fruit is sweet and tart in taste (1). The white variety is milder in taste than the pink pomelo fruit (2).
It is one of the lesser known of citrus fruits. But regarding nutrition, it packs all the punch of its citrus cousins like oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines. Pomelo is also known as Chinese grapefruit (3).
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Health Benefits Of Pomelo During Pregnancy:
All citrus fruits contain almost the same nutrients with varying differences in their % DV (daily value). So, you can reap similar benefits if you eat an orange, a grapefruit or a pomelo. One example of the difference in their nutrient components can be the antioxidant compounds found in different varieties of citrus fruits. Here are some health benefits of the pomelo fruit during pregnancy:
- All citrus fruits including pomelo are good sources of folic acid. A lack of folic acid during pregnancy can increase the risk of fetal birth defects (4).
- Pomelo is a great source of vitamin C. Pregnant women need at least 85mg of this essential nutrient every day (5). Consuming fresh pomelo fruit or its juice is a great way to fulfill your vitamin C requirement during pregnancy. It can also add variety to your citrus food sources during your pregnancy. Vitamin C also protects from cold infections and strengthens the immune system. Since it is an antioxidant, vitamin C also protects your cells.
- Pomelo is also a good source of other antioxidants such lycopene found in its pink/red varieties (6).
- Pomelo is also a good source of fiber. Regular consumption of pomelo and other citrus fruits can provide you with healthy fiber and hence relief from common pregnancy problem such as constipation (7).
- Pomelo is a good source of potassium and calcium. Potassium keeps your muscles and nerves healthy. It also helps to keep your blood pressure normal (8). You can also eat pomelo to fulfill your body’s growing calcium requirement during your pregnancy (9).
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Is It Safe To Eat Pomelo During Pregnancy?
Eating pomelo and other citrus fruits during pregnancy is considered safe. However, there are some concerns with citrus fruit consumption that you must discuss with your doctor.
- Vitamin C in more than recommended doses may cause certain side effects such as diarrhea and kidney stones. If, during your pregnancy, you notice side effects such as nausea, stomach cramps, and heartburn after consuming foods rich in vitamin C such as pomelo then share your concerns with your doctor. Excessive vitamin C consumption can also harm the fetus (10). It is a water-soluble vitamin, which means your body doesn’t store excess amounts of vitamin C. But if you notice any side effects during your pregnancy as mentioned above, take proper care to consult your doctor about it (11).
- Certain active ingredients found in pomelo and other citrus fruits such as grapefruit may interact with drugs for cancer and heart conditions. One example is furanocoumarins found in pomelo (12). Discuss with your doctor about consuming citrus fruits during pregnancy if you are under treatment for any of these conditions.
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So, if your doctor approves pomelo in your diet, consider eating it. Did you eat pomelo during pregnancy? Did you suffer from any side effects after consuming pomelo? Please share your experience with our readers. Leave a comment below.