Eating Pulses and Carbs During Pregnancy

carbohydrates and pulses during pregnancy

Carbohydrates

Carbs or Carbohydrates give us energy and are an important source of fibre and other nutrients. During your pregnancy you definitely need all the carbs you can get.

Carbs are of two types – simple and complex. Simple carbs convert quickly to sugar and provide a quick surge of energy while complex carbs take a longer time to break down and thus give energy over a period of time. What you need now are complex carbs so opt for whole grain bread, brown rice, baked potato with its skin on and fresh fruits (they have simple carbs actually but are rich in fibre and other essential nutrients.) Whole grains take more time to be absorbed in the body and thus help maintain blood sugar levels consistently.

You will need around 9-11 servings of carbs each day and ideally half of that should come from whole grains. A serving size of carbs is small so be careful to have the required amount each day.

Pulses

A great source of proteins and fibre besides vitamins and minerals, they are great options to consider for a healthy pregnancy diet.

They are the cheapest sources of protein and require much less energy to reach the plate from the fields as opposed to meat. But they do not have all the essential amino acids required for health and growth. They must thus be combined with whole grains or vegetables to ensure the meal is more wholesome.

Your options of pulses are: black eyed beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, all lentils, etc.

Ensure you have a portion of pulses each day.

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