İs Kale and spinach better to eat raw or cooked while pregnant?

Hi is Kale and spinach better to eat raw or cooked while pregnant? I'm only 3 weeks pregnant and have made a raw smoothie for the folate.

Carla Hinkle
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So spinach cooked is better cooked, better absorption of nutrients

Bridget Green
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Ok good to know. I'll steam them and put it in them in the freezer ready to blend

Carla Hinkle 3 years

What is the raw smoothie you make for folate? If you don't mind sharing pls? I don't take my prenatals

Ameeraa Rice
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1 banana, 1 apple, 2 kiwis, blueberries, about a cup full of Swiss chard (or cabbage) and kale. Chai seeds, flax seeds and apple juice x

Carla Hinkle 3 years

It will last me tomorrow too x

Carla Hinkle 3 years

I think I put more than a cup of greens in but eat alot of veg and beans throughout the day. Not baked beans

Carla Hinkle 3 years

Scared too put greens in my smoothies.. How's the taste with the fruits?

Ameeraa Rice 3 years

Honestly the fruit sweeten in up so you can't taste it so much

Carla Hinkle 3 years
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cook

Michaela Smart
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Ok

Carla Hinkle 3 years

Thanks x

Carla Hinkle 3 years

raw food is hard on the digestion

Michaela Smart
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All foods are easier to absorb nutrients when cooked

Becca Lindsey
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Raw kale and spinach are high in oxalates.

Tranberg Frye
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Yup. Avoid if prone to kidney stones.

Janet Nielsen 3 years

Steamed at least!

Rose Bryan
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Hey dear, you want folate, not folic acid. Folic acid is the synethic form of folate. Doctors and nurses stuff the term folic acid down our throats when pregnant but it's the wrong term & the wrong form. Over 50% of the population can't process "folic acid".

Heather Dodd
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Edited that's what I meant. I didn't know the difference until I looked into it.

Carla Hinkle 3 years

Aren't berries high in them too?

Carla Hinkle
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Good job momma

Rebekah Crabtree
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Thanks. I'm doing everything to avoid having another preemie. But I need to research more x

Carla Hinkle 3 years

I'm a doula. Feel free to ask me anything but of course my training is in the actual birthday

Rebekah Crabtree 3 years

Thanks. I think I'm just meant to take it easy until I have my next. They never found out why she came early but I'm hoping breastfeeding won't bring on the next one early

Carla Hinkle 3 years

It wouldn't trigger early labor

Rebekah Crabtree 3 years

That's good to hear because I don't want to stop feeding her and she's not ready to stop x

Carla Hinkle 3 years
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My sister is a whole food nutrituonist so I sent her this question. She says always better raw which is what I've always read too. Can someone explain why this would be wrong?

Rebekah Crabtree
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Speaking for myself and being in long-term recovery (various things), I have IBS. My system cannot properly digest the "harshness" of kale (for example). Its easier for the digestive system, overall. I ate raw and fresh as much as possible throughout most of my life. However, that is no longer my direction. There still remains foods I do eat raw and fresh though. (ie. Apples, oranges, celery, and such).

Rose Bryan 3 years

I thought raw would be better. If I start feeling sick I'll cook them. My body seems fine with the greens so far x

Carla Hinkle 3 years

rose is their any essential oils I should avoid? I use them often x

Carla Hinkle 3 years

Carla Hinkle I am still learning the area of pregnancy and e/o's. However, do avoid wintergreen, spearmint for sure. I'm inclined to think that the "hot e/o's should be kept at bay as well. There is a book called "Gentle Babies" found on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Essential-Remedies-Pregnancy-Childbirth-Children/dp/B00YDK7E6Q?SubscriptionId=AKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q I have not yet read. It is my understanding it is a go to book. I am sorry I do not have more offer at this time.

Rose Bryan 3 years

Carla Hinkle Being pregnant is a bit different for raw, if not properly prepared could introduce pesticides, etc. Peeling and scraping would be highly suggested and a "touch of steam", if that makes sense.

Rose Bryan 3 years
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Cooked

Jennifer Benson
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I eat all
My veggies raw, I have sensitive tummy and IBS an no issue with eating them raw nightly

Natalie Hawk
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Thanks I would of thought their were more nutrients in raw but it would be easier to break down the good when cooked x

Carla Hinkle 3 years

Mercola recommends 85% o your diet to be raw

Natalie Hawk 3 years

"Some" vegetables are more easily digested when steamed or cooked... Ex: Steaming spinich but most vegetables are better raw. Cooking kills the vast majority of the enzymes and nutrients

Aisling Dodson 3 years

I eat mainly spinach, broccoli, kale, capsicums whcih I have in a salad with lettuce and rocket. I have had to cut so much out with my digestive issues that this is what I am OK with for now

Natalie Hawk 3 years

RAW!

Nancy Bates
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I craved raw veggies so much when I was pregnant! Steamed is good for absorption, but any way you get them in your body is great! Good job momma !

Christy Wilcox
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That's a healthy craving. They're blended so I can imagine that helps with absorption too. Thanks I'm avoiding pre natals and folate

Carla Hinkle 3 years

I didnt read all the comments....

Butttt ... Would like to add.... These are very important to consume... ORGANIC

They detox naturally... And they absorb toxins in the ground while growin as well.

I cant say I eat alllll organic.. But... Somethings are deff more important. Then others to make sure they are organically grown.

Lizz Henson
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Everyone is saying cooked, but I thought food lost nutrients when cooked? I have always heard it's better to eat veggies raw?

Jessica Fernandez
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"Real food" like from a personal garden perhaps. But foods today are grown on mass-produced farms; have been altered, can still come with parasites and toxins. They are not as "authentic" as they use to be (hence another reason for steaming or cooking). Cooking does alter some of their properties, but tomatoes, for example, offer better properties when not raw (although I love them raw/fresh or in a salad). There is no "black and white" answer to this. With a baby in mind, whatever mom eats goes to the baby.

Rose Bryan 3 years

I eat most my veggies cooked because I can't stand them raw, but kale and spinach I mostly eat raw in a salad or smoothie. I also like tomatoes raw except when I make them into a sauce.

Jessica Fernandez 3 years

Smoothies are a bit different, for they get well-ground up (especially in a Vitamix) and their nutrients get to the cellular level better. With a baby in mind, they would still need some really good cleaning. (Easier to digest this way too!)

Rose Bryan 3 years

lightly cooked, never over cook anything ,,,

Michaela Smart
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raw is very hard to digest

Michaela Smart
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be gentle with your body, nothing too extreme

Michaela Smart
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when I steam my veggies, I keep the water and drink like tea, maybe add a tiny amount of sea salt

Michaela Smart
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Sometimes I will... But not if the water appears "weird" (due to whatever came off from the veggies.

Rose Bryan 3 years

weird? What do u mean ?

Michaela Smart 3 years

like it color ?

Michaela Smart 3 years

Michaela Smart On occasion, I have seen the water go kind of "blackish or grey" in colour... Not sure what that is about, but it somehow does not "sit right with me", so I don't keep it then.

Rose Bryan 3 years

it is just pigment out of the veggies ,, nothing bad

Michaela Smart 3 years
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or use the water from steaming for soup, that day or the next

Michaela Smart
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As noted above.

Rose Bryan 3 years