Pregnant women should keep a well-balanced diet in order to promote normal growth and development of the unborn baby. Indian women, when pregnant, are not allowed to eat certain foods due to food facts, food taboos, customs, cultural and religous beliefs, food habits and attitued of the family members. One such food is the brinjal or eggplant.
Many people around the world love this vegetable which is available in every market and also very affordable. It can be cooked in many ways and is used in making curries, casseroles and other dishes.
It is extremely beneficial for our health because it contains a lot of essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients. It can help you get rid of gas in the stomach, malaria, facilitate better digestion, helps with congestion, insomnia,etc. But Ayurvedic traditions strictly suggest limiting the consumption of brinjal during pregnancy. It is one of those foods that must be avoided during pregnancy.
Reasons to Avoid Brinjal During Pregnancy:
There are various reasons for a pregnant woman to avoid eating brinjal. Some of the important reasons are as follows:
- Eggplants or brinjals are enriched with menstruation-inducing properties. Due to these properties, brinjals may also lead to abortion.
- Ayurveda strictly advises the limit of brinjal consumption because it is used for treating premenstrual syndrome and amenorrhea due to large amounts of phytohormones contained in it. It works as a diurectic, thus can stimulate menstruation when consumed daily which is not a good option for a pregnant lady. This is one of the main reason to avoid brinjal during pregnancy.
- These are also not good as they may cause acidity problems, therefore it is suggested that women should avoid eating brinjal during pregnancy.
There are other factors why brinjal should be avoided druing pregnancy, but these 3 are the main causes. However, its intake is avoided only in India. Women from other countries use it because it has 6.4 mg of vitamin A, 4.9 g of dietary fiber and 6 mg of iron in it. These are some of the essential nutrients that are needed during pregnancy period. But, the causes revealed by ayurveda cannot be ignored too.
Nevertheless, a pregnant woman should follow a proper diet that fosters optimal growth patterns. Because there are still no scientific evidences whether brinjal should or should not be consumed during pregnancy , the key is moderation.
My advice is not to risk yours and the fetus health for sake of this vegetable. It is better to avoid eating brinjal during pregnancy.