Rambutan (botanical name Nephelium lappaceum) is an exotic fruit native to Southeast Asia. The bright red fruit has a thin and hairy skin, and the white flesh tastes sweet.
Though not known to many, the fruit is a rich source of nutrients. In this post, MomJunction tells you about consuming rambutan during pregnancy.
Is It Safe To Eat Rambutan Fruit During Pregnancy?
You may have rambutan in small quantities. The fruit is high in fats and calories and might help you meet the daily calorific requirements (1).
In some Asian communities, pregnant women are discouraged from eating rambutan as the fruit is believed to cause miscarriage in the early weeks due to the heat generated by it. It is also believed to block the birth canal and complicate labor (2). However, there is not enough scientific evidence to prove these claims.
Nutritional Profile Of Rambutan Fruit
Rambutan contains 68kcal and small amounts of potassium (140mg), calcium (15mg), magnesium (10mg), sodium (2mg) and iron (0.1 -2.5mg) (3). The edible flesh contains about 2.8g of dietary fiber per 100g of the fruit. It has around 70mg of vitamin C that helps in absorbing dietary iron.
Why You May Eat Rambutan During Pregnancy
Rambutan could help you meet the daily recommended values of various nutrients during pregnancy.
- Vitamin C acts as a natural antioxidant, and improves immunity and fights common illnesses and diseases.
- The sweet and sour taste of the fruit could help you get relief from nausea, vomiting, and dizziness.
- The dietary fiber could support digestion.
- Iron helps improve your hemoglobin levels and fights dizziness and fatigue.
- Calcium supports bone and muscle health that is important to sustain the growing fetal weight.
[ Read: Eating Beetroot During Pregnancy ]
Possible Side Effects Of Rambutan During Pregnancy
Overeating rambutan might lead to the following problems.
- Overripe rambutan has high sugar content and might increase blood sugar levels if taken in excess amounts.
- Overripe fruit could also have traces of alcohol.
How To Select And Store Rambutan Fruit?
Follow the below tips while selecting the fruit:
- Fresh fruits are available from June to December.
- Choose bright red varieties. Roll your fingers over the fruit to check if the hairs are soft and flexible.
- Choose hard ones as they have good flesh and are juicy.
- Avoid dull or brownish fruits and dried or brittle hairs as they are old fruits.
- Store the fruit in a cool place. They are likely to remain fresh for up to five days.
Ways To Include Rambutan In The Pregnancy Diet
Rambutan is juicy and succulent. It can satisfy your cravings for sweets during pregnancy.
- Fresh fruit can be taken as-it-is without any seasonings or additions.
- The flesh can be added to fruit salads, puddings, ice creams, and other desserts.
- The juice could be a refreshing summer drink.
- Can be used in jams, jellies, sauces, syrups, and sorbet.
If you haven’t eaten rambutan before, and want to start it during pregnancy, take your doctor’s opinion on it. Eat a small fruit and see if you are having any adverse effects. If you are having any effects, stop eating the fruit.
Have you eaten rambutan during pregnancy? Tell us about it in the comment section below.
2. RianDiana et al; Food taboos and suggestions among Madurese pregnant women: a qualitative study; Journal of Ethnic Foods (Dec, 2018)
3. Francis T. Zee; Rambutan; Horticulture & Landscape Architecture – Purdue University (1998)
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