Pregnant women always feel kinda food cravings towards spicy dishes. It is often noticed that during pregnancy most of the women like to eat such spicy dishes which are regarded not good for baby’s health. This is why they are advised to take non-spicy or less spicy foods. But, the question which strikes in mind mostly time that is really spiced food bad for health? Because we can’t deny the contribution of spice in our cooking.
Spices have a very special place in our cooking, as the blanched vegetables once treated with a variety of spices can do wonders and produce a lip-smacking dish. Wikipedia defines spice as a dried kernel, root, bark, vegetable or fruit substance that adds flavour, aroma and taste to your recipes. You can use spices, not just for flavouring, but they also serve as colouring agents and preservatives for a food item. Spices differ from herbs, as the latter has a green leafy part attached to it. It is mostly used for garnishing or flavouring.
So, in this Pregnancy Awareness Month, we are going to enlist some spices which can be taken and safe during pregnancy. Check the list below:
Spices during pregnancy can be extremely beneficial. We all are well aware of the nutrient value of turmeric as a pain reliever and could do wonders for your skin. However, it contains a substance called curcumin which is a natural detoxifier that protects the liver from the damages of alcohol, chemical and some pharmaceuticals. It also helps in reducing oxidative stress. The safe limit is up to 8gms a day.
Ginger is an effective home remedy to treat morning sickness, nausea, and vomiting during pregnancy. Women suffering from morning sickness could take a dose of 1 gm ginger daily for four consecutive days to get immediate relief. Studies done in the past have shown that it helps in treating women with morning sickness.
You can use cardamom scents or tea during pregnancy as they can help to beat nausea and are pretty safe.
Fresh Chives are a rich and natural source of folate. As we know a pregnant woman needs folic acid for the fetus brain development, cell division, and DNA synthesis. Enough folate levels in your diet could prevent your baby from neural tube defects.
5. Black Pepper:
Black pepper is a rich source of chromium, which is required by a pregnant woman. Low chromium levels can increase blood sugar level and cholesterol, which could result in diabetes or heart diseases.
A study has shown that women who get diabetes as a result of pregnancy if are on a regular diet of chromium could help in reducing it. Studies are ongoing for more accurate results and announce the clear verdict. The recommended level is 30 mcg daily.
So, do not worry about all these spices and start taking during your pregnancy. Spices are not always harmful to the health, but beneficial.