When pregnant, women should be very careful with their food intake because they are now eating for two. While organic foods are hailed to be of big help in increasing fertility, these types of foods are also good for the health of pregnant women and their baby. We have listed below the top 5 organic food that pregnant women should eat.
Milk – if you choose to drink milk, going organic is another best option you can do. Organic or pasture fed cows were able to produce milks that are free from antibiotics, artificial hormones, and pesticides. Therefore, milks of these kinds are safe for you and your baby. In addition, organic milk also has the ability to produce extra omega 3 and beta-carotene. According to the recent result in the monitoring data of USDA, they found out that 27% of the milk samples produced conventionally contains synthetic pyrethroid pesticides, while samples from organic milks show only 5 percent.
Potatoes – organic vegetables are now becoming popular to many household because of the health benefits it can offer. If you are pregnant and shopping for organic vegetables, do not forget to have potatoes in your grocery basket. Conventionally grown white potatoes are known to have contained the highest level of pesticides. Switch to organic potatoes to reduce exposure to pesticides. Do not forget to eat the peels too because in this way, you will benefits the nutrients offered by potatoes and that includes the high level of potassium and Vitamin C.
Apples – fruits are important and apple as one that tops the list of most nutritious fruits. According to a test done by USDA, one of the highly pesticide contaminated fruits are the conventionally grown apples. However, according to a controlled study, the organic ones are proven to have higher level of nutrients and are the ones that taste better. USDA states that pesticide-contaminated conventionally grown apples are the major source of organophosphate pesticide exposure, which is known to cause a decrease in intelligence and increases attention problem to kids. This can also cause hormone problems in adults.
Soy – we all know that soybeans contain nutrients that are good for our health. However, conventionally grown beans are one of the crops that have the highest exposure to organophosphate pesticides. If you are to buy products that contain soy, make sure to read the labels first and know if the product is organic or not. In this way, you can avoid from being exposed to conventionally grown soybeans, which is not good for humans especially to pregnant women.
Egg – eggs are a good source of protein making it a good food to eat for pregnant women. It has been known that organic eggs offer various benefits including more nutrients, less cholesterol, less toxins, and of course, it tastes better than those eggs produced conventionally. When talking about nutrients, studies done by Mother Earth News show that eggs produced by pasture-raised hens are the organic ones and known to have 2/3 more vitamin A than the conventionally produced eggs, contains three times more vitamin E, seven times beta-carotene and twice Omega 3s. When it comes to cholesterol, eggs are known to be high in cholesterol but not the organic eggs. Organic eggs are known to have 1/3 less the cholesterol than the conventionally produced eggs. Aside from less cholesterol, organic eggs are also ¼ less saturated fats. Of course, when eggs are produced from pasture-fed hens, it surely has less to zero pesticide contamination compared to commercially produced eggs. Finally, according to Cleaner Plate Club, organic eggs are tastier or taste egg-ier.
With these organic food requirements for pregnant women and with the vast production of conventional products these days, it can be hard to achieve this goal. However, with the latest news saying that more than four million acres of farmland in America is now dedicated to organic farming, achieving this goal can be a lot easier sooner or later.
The author is an avid blogger/writer about healthy and natural pregnancy. She writes informative contents for gettingpregnantinfo.com and she is an advocate of organic foods, eco-friendly products and anything that could help her achieve her aim to help save the environment.