By Dr Anita Star
Did you know consuming plant proteins such as nuts, seeds, lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans, 3 bean mix, bortolli beans, Italian soup mix, soy beans and tofu etc, as part of a balanced diet with all the food groups, including small amounts of animal protein, has been found to benefit to fertility and enhance pregnancy outcomes? Plant proteins also feature prominently in the Mediterranean diet (see my blog about Mediterranean diet for fertility and pregnancy here ( http://www.drstar.com.au/6715-2/ ). The Mediterranean diet has also associated with improved fertility and a bunch of healthy pregnancy outcomes including but not limited to
- decreased risk of gestational diabetes
- Decreased risk of excessive pregnancy weight gain
- Decreased risk of pre-term birth
So have a think about how you can include more plant proteins in your diet. Think of adding legumes and lentils to soups, salads, falafel, lentil burgers, Mexican beans dishes, or a small handful of nuts and seeds as a snack.
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