Why Parsnip is Good for Pregnant Women

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It’s important to eat healthy, but this is especially true for women who are pregnant.  One of the crucial nutrients a pregnant woman must take is folic acid.

Ample folic acid in your diet – about 400 micrograms for the first trimester of pregnancy – should decrease the chances of unborn babies developing defects such as spina bifida, cleft palate and anencephaly by as much as 70 percent.

Also called folate, this nutrient helps to regulate the formation of embryonic and fetal nerve cell formation.  Aside from birth defects, folic acid also helps in preventing premature births.

Which vegetables are excellent sources of folic acid?  Parsnip is one of them.  This humble root vegetable has a high folate-content – half a cup of sliced parsnips will provide 91 micrograms of folic acid.

And unlike taking supplements, parsnip is a delicious root vegetable versatile enough to be added to a lot of dishes.  It is sweet and nutty and can be cooked in different ways.  It can be mashed, pureed, baked, added as an extra ingredient in stews, casseroles and salads.

Adding parsnips to your diet is a delicious way of protecting your health and the health of your future baby.

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