Curb the carbs?

Pregnancy Life & Style - - GOOD ADVICE -

QI AM CRAV­ING CAR­BO­HY­DRATES. AT FIRST IT WAS TO EASE NAUSEA, BUT NOW IT’S ALL I FEEL LIKE EAT­ING. WHICH CARBS ARE BET­TER FOR ME, AND SHOULD I TRY TO CUT DOWN? Di­eti­tian Dr Joanna McMil­lan says:

ANo, you don’t need to cut down your in­take of car­bo­hy­drates. Your body is crav­ing carbs for a rea­son – you need them right now to grow that baby. But you are ab­so­lutely right that you need to give con­sid­er­a­tion to which carb-rich foods you eat. We now have good ev­i­dence that a low-GI diet dur­ing preg­nancy gives bet­ter out­comes for both baby and mum. You also need fi­bre to keep your gut healthy – con­sti­pa­tion is com­mon in preg­nancy, as your di­ges­tion gets slug­gish and you exercise less. The best high-fi­bre, low-GI choices in­clude legumes, bar­ley, oats, quinoa, buck­wheat (in pan­cakes or noo­dles used in soups and stir-fries), whole­grain bread and whole­meal pasta. I like brown rice, but as it is not al­ways low-GI, en­joy it spar­ingly.

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