Health Pass the peas please

Pass the peas please

Not a fan of vegetables? Researchers from The University of Sydney, Deakin University, Monash University, James Cook University and The Australian National University have a gut feeling you should eat more anyway – especially if you’re pregnant.

High fibre diets are known to be good for the tummy but the study’s results show they could also reduce the growing incidence of autoimmune diseases and allergies when maintained during pregnancy.

Eating plenty of vegetables and other high fibre foods such as wholegrains is associated with reduced risk of a condition known as preeclampsia which results in high blood pressure and swelling in pregnant mums-to-be, and may affect immune development in the foetus.

Researchers say it’s a matter of following the simple adage, ‘eat real food, mostly plants, not too much’.

So what’s the connection?

It’s all to do with the gut.

Fibre fermentation in our intestines seems to guard against the onset of preeclampsia, protecting the growth of the thymus, an important immune organ in developing foetuses.

(The information in this article should not be considered medical advice. Please see your medical professional for information tailored to your personal circumstances.)

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