Pastured Animal Foods for Pregnancy

Pastured meats, eggs, and dairy are some of the most nutritious foods to eat when you are pregnant, as well as when you are trying to conceive. There is no more important time to eat quality food than during pregnancy: pasture-raised animal foods are one of the keys to eating nutrient-dense during pregnancy.

With all the recent food-borne illness breakouts among factory farming, this is a good enough reason alone to eat pastured animal foods.

There are many more nutrients in pastured foods.  Here are some nutrition facts about why pastured animal foods are good for pregnancy and fertility:

  • Grass-fed whole milk supplies needed calcium, fatty acids, and vitamins for pregnant women. In the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study whole fat dairy consumption is associated with an increase in fertility.
  • Eggs from free-range hens have 70% more vitamin B12 and 50% more folic acid, important nutrients for gene expression.
  • Eggs from pastured hens had 10 times the omega 3 for healthy brain fats for babies.
  • Grass-fed beef is 4 times higher in vitamin E.

For more information on saturated fat and why it is good (not bad) for health and pregnancy, see:

http://nutritionforpregnancy.com/2011/02/saturated-fat-and-animal-fat%E2%80%94further-vindication/

      
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