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What are the advanteages and disadvanteges of eating drumsticks during pregnancy?

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Dear Doctor,

Can you please tell me if one can eat Dal/Curries/Dishes made with Drumstick leafs.

My mom says they are good for eye sight and health.

Please inform if there are any advantages and also disadntages (side effects) because of eating , for every one, and especially for pregnant women.

Posted Thu, 4 Jul 2013 in Diet Plans
Answered by Meenakshi Attrey 38 hours later

Thanks for posting the query.

The drumstick tree with all it’s parts is a store house of naturally available nutrients. The leaves are also considered beneficial for health and are very nutritious. These are XXXXXXX in protein, antioxidants, fiber, vitamins( especially Vit. A and C.) and are very good source of calcium. Dried leaves are especially XXXXXXX in iron.

As mentioned by your mother these are good for normal vision because of its Vit A and antioxidant properties. During pregnancy it helps in improving the hemoglobin profile and to ensure a sufficient calcium intake. It’s also good for correcting throat, chest and skin infections along with other numerous benefits.

You should however be careful with the doses per day. These are natural laxatives and its over consumption may lead to loose stools or other stomach problems. Always choose the fresh and green leaves only.

Hope this satisfies your query.

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Follow-up: What are the advanteages and disadvanteges of eating drumsticks during pregnancy? 9 hours later
Dear doctor, thanks for your reply. also let me know if there are any foods (food varieties like pasta , pizza , fruits and vegetables that must be avoided during pregnency.
regards XXXXXXX
Answered by Meenakshi Attrey 15 hours later

Because of the increased physical needs there are additional nutritional requirements. It's important that you include protein XXXXXXX foods like mature pulses, legumes, milk and its products and also include the pulses in sufficient quantities. If you eat non vegetarian food, include the white meats and eggs in the diet.

I would also advise a regular in take of salads, fruits and vegetables in the daily diet . Use plenty of green leafy vegetables and stay hydrated. you may include tender coconut water, fresh lemon juice or soups also.
The foods that you need to consider avoiding are papaya, pineapple and ragi. Also foods that contain preservatives, additives or foods that are too refined should not be taken. Consume fresh foods, the convenient foods like preserved and packed foods may be harmful.
Avoid the strong chemical fumes, like toilet cleaners and deodorants etc. and never take any medication (including over the counter drugs), without consulting with your doctor.

You have asked about pasta and pizza in the question, these foods are ok and may be consumed occasionally, you need to be careful with the Chinese food as it may contain MSG (monosodium glutamate / ajinomot0).
Take small and frequent meals and do some light physical activities regularly, after consulting with the doctor.


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