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100 Healthiest Foods to Eat During Pregnancy

FERTILITY

BITTER MELON
Bitter? It may sound unappealing, but the bitter melon, also known as the balsam pear, is actually a fun and tasty way to add some excitement to your culinary endeavors as you work toward getting pregnant. And as we'll see, it doesn't have to be bitter at all.

* About one cup of bitter melon contains about 90 mcg of folate. That's almost a quarter of your minimal daily needs of folate during conception.

* There are just 20 calories in a typical bitter melon!

* Eating foods like bitter melons with high nutritional value and few calories is a great way to help you shed any extra pounds that may be interfering with your fertility.

* Bitter melons are packed with fiber, which makes you feel full, reducing your cravings for less nutritious and higher-calorie snacks.

* Eating fiber may also help boost fertility. Researchers have found that troubles with sugar metabolism, a common problem for people who eat a diet lacking in fiber, may be associated with fertility problems. Bitter melon has about 3.5 g of fiber in the whole fruit.

* Choose melons that are still green for a more bitter flavor. As they ripen, they turn yellow-orange and have a milder taste, if you prefer that. Bitter melons are available fresh from April to September in most Asian markets and can occasionally be found in larger supermarkets. You can also sometimes find it frozen.

MAYBE NOT FOR BABY
There are some concerns that medicinal usages of bitter melon in animals has stimulated menstrual bleeding, so bitter melon taken as a supplement is not recommended for use by pregnant women. But as a food, bitter melon is eaten by Asian populations, suggesting that safety concerns for regular consumption of this food are minimal. Nonetheless, experts recommend that bitter melon be eaten moderately, if at all, during pregnancy. Better safe than sorry! Once you get pregnant, it may be time to stop.

JONNY'S TASTY TIPS
When we think of melons, the sweet, delicious flavors of cantaloupe, watermelon, and honeydew typically come to mind. So how could a melon possibly be better? The short answer is, it couldn't. Bitter melon isn't really a melon at all, but a cucumber-shaped summer squash grown in tropical areas.

Usually, the bitter-flavored unripe fruit is used as a vegetable. It can be cooked a number of different ways, including stir-fried, steamed, and curried. Some enthusiasts recommend it as part of a vegetable curry with eggplants and onions. It can also be stuffed, pickled, and used in soups. However you prepare it, cooking will mellow its bitter flavor, which is due largely to its quinine content. Just make sure you remove the seeds and the fibrous core before cooking!

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