Fruit is awesome for fertility, pregnancy, childhood and adult health outcomes!!!! It’s so sad that fruit consumption has been demonised in recent years. It’s not uncommon for me in my clinic to hear comments like – ‘oh I thought fruit was considered bad for us now’ or ‘what can you eat- even fruits off the menu now’. But I tell you what, certain diet fads and influencers have a lot to answer for because health research evidence says the opposite.
For women fruit intake can boost your fertility, and features heavily in diet patterns associated with healthy pregnancy outcomes. In pregnancy it is best to avoid fruits that are sold pre cut up and packaged as these have been associated with listeria a food bacteria which can cause harm to pregnancy. Instead aim for fruits that you can wash and prepare at home.
In children it is associated with less risk of childhood obesity, and even decreases the child’s risk of future adult cancers.
Fruit contains so many essential vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and other beneficial plant chemicals, as well as a range of plant fibres which is great for our gut health.
Children over 12 months and adults especially those trying to conceive or pregnant, should aim for about 2 serves of whole fruit everyday. And if your feeling peckish it will not hurt if you reach for a 3rd, it would be a hell of a lot better then a lot of other choices you could make. Eat a rainbow or a good variety of fruits for optimal benefit!🍉 🍈 🍌 🍓 🍊
I like to include a serve or two of fruit for breakfast- seen here with natural yoghurt and oats.
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