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What pregnant woman does not dream of having a 'short hour' at the time of delivery and recovering without any complications in the postpartum? We don't have a magic formula, but we are going to tell you a secret: Eating dates helps to have a good delivery.And it is that some studies have found a relationship between the consumption of dates (6 fruits daily), during the last weeks of pregnancy and the reduction in the need for instruments or induction in labor, with an increase in the number of spontaneous natural births among date consumers.
Additionally, it has been observed that they can facilitate and shorten the duration of the expulsive, although not significantly, requiring more studies to confirm the relationship of dates with these interesting effects.
The dates They stand out for their content in fiber, magnesium, potassium and vitamin B1 (niacin). In general, and given their sugar content (more than 70g per 100g of edible portion of dates), dates provide a lot of energy. Its fat content is practically nil, while the protein content is somewhat higher but also irrelevant.
It is true that the amount of sugars in dates is a negative point to take into account, but their content in other nutrients makes them a snack that we should not discard 100%, as long as it is consumed in moderation, although it should be discarded in fully in cases where there are signs or precedents of gestational diabetes.
The dates they are more than interesting due to their fiber content. During pregnancy, fiber intake through the diet is often problematic. Fiber is one of the nutrients that, although it does not provide energy or is essential for any metabolic reaction, it is vital for the proper functioning of the body, specifically the gastrointestinal tract.
In pregnancy, due to the pressure that the fetus exerts on the intestine, it is very common for women to suffer constipation and need a better supply of fiber. Dates, in moderation, are a source of fiber in these cases.
Of its mineral content, it is worth highlighting potassium and magnesium, minerals involved in the normal functioning of the nervous system, so their contribution ensures the correct development of the fetus's brain during pregnancy. In addition, potassium is related to the functioning of the muscles, so a good contribution can protect against some of the muscular discomforts typical of the last trimester.
Iron is another of the minerals of great need during pregnancy, given the increase in blood volume, and, although in not so high amounts, it is present in dates. However, as it is not heme iron, it is difficult to absorb. They also contain small amounts of zinc and phosphorus.
Additionally, they are rich in niacin, which is also related to the normal functioning of the nervous system, and other B vitamins, such as riboflavin, thiamine and vitamin B6.
Although dates are interesting nutritionally, their consumption should be controlled and in moderation during pregnancy, given their high content of simple sugars.
Dates are the fruits of an arboreal plant of the Phoenix dactylifera species, known as the date palm or royal palm. Due to the nutritional properties of its fruits, and despite the fact that the palm tree is not a tree as such, the Arabs, Greeks, Hebrews and Egyptians called it their 'tree of life'.
The Phoenicians went even further, and they knew it as 'the tree of God', since a handful of dates allowed them to survive on their travels through the desert. Although dates originally come from the African and Asian continents, they are one of the foods that accompanied the sailors on their trips to America, making a place for themselves on that continent as well.
Despite their wrinkled appearance, similar to that of raisins, dates are not dried fruits, but, since the royal palm is typical in warm environments, the date is left to dry in the sun on the same tree, being collected when the consistency is appropriate.
Originally, dates ripen in autumn and those that are ripe are picked every day, leaving the rest. However, today, it is more common to cut the whole pommel and leave it to ripen in an airy and dry place. In addition, with the advances that exist, it is possible to find them at any time of the year.
To introduce them into your pregnant diet, you can take them dry for a mid-morning or afternoon snack; also as a dessert after lunch or dinner. And a third option is to include them in some of your star dishes, such as a cake, a sponge cake, an ice cream or a yogurt, or as another food in your salads. You dare?
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