When you’re pregnant, you’ll often feel nausea or better known as morning sickness. It commonly happens during the first three months of pregnancy. Yes, it does feel uncomfortable, that’s why you always want something fresh to relief it.
Snake fruit tastes very refreshing, that’s why pregnant women in Indonesia usually like it. However, there are a growing rumor, an old tale that if you eat snake fruit during pregnancy, it will make your baby’s skin become scaly, or you’ll get constipation, or even worse you’ll go into labor.
No matter where you go, you will often hear a myth about what to do or not to do. More often than not, the story has been around for centuries. Some of them are quite illogical but sometimes it happens anyway, precisely as it told.
So, is it safe to eat snake fruit a.k.a. Salak during your pregnancy? Is the old tale are true? Today, I will tell you the fact.
Fact number one; Snake fruit is safe and a healthy food during pregnancy
In every 100 grams of Salak contains 82 kcal, Carbohydrate, Protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Antioxidant, Beta-Carotene, and Fiber. Simply put those things are beneficial for your body during pregnancy.
Surprisingly it also has a high content of pectin. Pectin is effective in helping to build a system of intelligence for babies in the womb. Not only that, but it also increases brain memory. If you like to follow fruit science you may check out an interesting study about Immunostimulatory activity of snake fruit here.
So the first take away is that; snake fruit is a healthy choice during pregnancy.
Fact number two; The rumor isn’t true and it is completely hoax
There are no scientific evidence to prove that your baby will have scaly skin after you eat snake fruit during pregnancy. It also has no scientific proof that it will make a pregnant woman go into labor.
The second take away; as long as there are no scientific evidence you may ignore the myth. Salak is myth-free and safe during pregnancy.
Fact number three; Eating snake fruit will not cause constipation
As long as you don’t eat too much, snake fruit won’t cause constipation. However, excessive consumption may trigger an increase in stomach acid production. It will eventually make you to feel nauseous, bloated, or even vomiting, especially if you eat it in an empty stomach.
The third take away; do not eat too much snake fruit during pregnancy, especially if you’re in an empty stomach.
Pro tips – How to eat snake fruit during pregnancy
- Don’t hurt your hands, always peel snake fruit with this technique.
- Always wash the fruit after you peel it.
- Choose the freshest snake fruit, be careful with fruits that have been stored for too long. It might be rotten and it could cause you to get bacteria or parasite infestation.
- Eat it with the thin layer that covers the fruit, because that thing can reduce the risk of constipation.
I hope this information is helpful, however if you still have some doubt you may consult with your doctor. Share this article if you find it useful, your friends and family might need to know the facts. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.