Is It Safe To Consume Tamarind During Pregnancy?

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Pregnant women love the tangy taste of tamarind and believe that it effectively reduces morning sickness. However, some of them are concerned about the safety of tamarind during pregnancy. Tamarind is believed to be safe for consumption during pregnancy. Apart from reducing the symptoms of morning sickness, it also provides many essential nutrients required for the growth of the fetus. However, it is important to consult a doctor before consuming tamarind to be on the safe side. Read the post for more details on the benefits of tamarind during pregnancy and the precautions you should take while consuming it.

What Is Tamarind?

Tamarind is a fruit that grows in a pod and its pulp is very sour. The sour taste of tamarind tantalizes your taste buds while you are pregnant.

What Are The Uses Of Eating Tamarind During Pregnancy?

Tamarind has some medicinal properties. It is a cure for nausea that is the most common sign of pregnancy. It also helps treat a common cold and constipation.

Nutritional Value Of Tamarind

A cup of tamarind pulp contains many essential nutrients that your body requires when you are pregnant. It has 3.36 milligrams of iron. During your pregnancy, you need about 27 milligrams of iron as part of your daily diet. It also contains 2.3 milligrams of niacin. While expecting you need about 18 milligrams of niacin as part of your daily diet. A cup of tamarind pulp also contains 6.1 gram of dietary fiber. You need at least 28 gram of dietary fiber in your daily diet when you are pregnant (1).

Is It Safe To Eat Tamarind During Pregnancy?

Popularly tamarind is a safe food for you while you are pregnant. To be safe and certain, you still need to check with your doctor first whether you can go ahead and slurp on it during your pregnancy.

Benefits Of Eating Tamarind

Tamarind is a very good source of various minerals and vitamins that are essential for both you and your unborn baby. Here is a list of its benefits:

  1. Tamarind contains a good amount of iron. During your pregnancy, the volume of your blood increases. Iron helps to support the increase in the volume of your blood. According to the American Pregnancy Association, having an adequate amount of iron when you are pregnant will also bring down your chances of having a premature birth. It will also reduce the chances of low birth weight in your baby.
  1. The niacin content in tamarind helps in the development of the digestive system, skin, and nerves in your unborn baby. It also contains vitamins A, C, and K in small amounts.
  1. The high amount of dietary fiber found in tamarind helps prevent constipation, which is a common problem during pregnancy. Having enough dietary fiber in your diet will also prevent excessive weight gain during pregnancy. Eating fiber will keep you feeling full and prevent you from munching on unhealthy snacks. A healthy diet is a must-have while expecting.
  1. Tamarind helps prevent the feeling of nausea and morning sickness when you are pregnant. Tamarind contains certain compounds that can help your stomach settle down. It can ease the vomiting sensation you may have during your pregnancy, especially during the first trimester.
  1. Tamarind is rich in micronutrients such as calcium, iron, magnesium, protein, and zinc. These minerals help strengthen bones and teeth, regulate blood pressure, and improve immune system function.

Watch Out

Eating tamarind can sometimes lower your blood sugar levels. In case you are diabetic or have a family history of diabetes, you should closely monitor your blood sugar levels regularly.

Many pregnant women love the tangy taste of tamarind. Fortunately, this great taste is complemented by high amounts of dietary fiber and several nutrients such as iron and vitamins. Therefore, the consumption of tamarind during pregnancy may help fetal development, reduce the risk of premature birth, and prevent constipation. In addition, many compounds present in tamarind help the stomach settle and reduce morning sickness. However, since every pregnancy is different, you should consult a doctor before consuming tamarind. Also, you should be cautious about eating it if you have diabetes.

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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.

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