Should pregnant women avoid eat eggplant (Brinjal)?
Eggplant is called the king of vegetables. Also known as brinjal, aubergine, garden egg, melongene, or guinea squash, eggplant has dietary fiber and is low in calories.
But there is a mixed opinion on its consumption during pregnancy.
While some people say it is safe, some others say it might be harmful to pregnant women.
Brinjal or eggplant may be eaten during pregnancy but in moderate quantities. It contains fiber, folate, and potassium that could be beneficial for fetal development. But you may have to avoid taking it frequently since it is believed to be a heat-producing food and could reason abortion.
- Ayurveda practitioners believe that you should avoid eggplant in excess quantities as it could have some side effects. However, there are no research studies to support most of the below claims.
- In areas where eggplants are cultivated, the soil is thought to contain toxoplasmosis that could pass to the pregnant woman and her baby through the vegetable. Toxoplasmosis could raise the risk of premature delivery.
- It may also trigger allergic reactions such as itchiness on the lips, arms, and legs, diarrhea, hives, stomach pain, and cough.
- Raw or undercooked brinjal may reason digestive issues and allergies.
- Brinjals are better and tastier when cooked and eaten fresh. There are a few more things to consider while picking the veggie.
- Avoid the ones that have cuts, blemishes, shriveling, wrinkles, or uneven color.
- Eggplants with holes are likely to have worms – so check thoroughly and avoid them.
- When you press the vegetable, if it forms a depression, it means the eggplant is not fresh.
- The stem should be bright green and firm.
- Choose fresh eggplants as stale ones may ruin your meal.
- Take the small eggplants as they are tastier and fresh. Mature ones turn bitter.
- The skin should be smooth and shiny.
- Wash them thoroughly before you cook to avoid bacteria or parasites that may reside on the surface.
When eggplant is cooked properly, it could be really palatable. You can add it to your diet in many ways.
- Cook as a filling for a sandwich.
- Roast, peel, and serve over pasta or bread.
- Bake and serve with other vegetables.
- Make pickles or add to soups
- Stuff the brinjal with your favorite puree to make a curry and eat with rice.
- Stir fry along with other vegetables.