Since it is Mother’s Day how does a Mother’s diet affect the genetics of what happens in the womb? Is it really all that significant? Recent research shows processed foods can do more harm than once realized.
Processed refined carbohydrates are those that are altered from their original form. Most things you buy in a package fit the definition of a processed carbohydrate – chips, crackers, cookies you buy in the grocery store.
These are “foods” manufacturers alter to make a profit. Companies add sweeteners, additives, and other ingredients to allow the high markup.
Almost all processed foods come with a price of added sugars, trans fat and other things your body would rather avoid. These foods are not healthy for anyone, especially not pregnant women.
Recent studies show the blood triglyceride level (fat in the blood) of a pregnant woman is closely tied to the birth weight and body fat of the infant. Infants born to women with high triglyceride levels have double the body fat of a normal infant.
Even more alarming is high maternal cholesterol and triglyceride levels are associated with a greater risk of fatty streak formation in infant’s arteries, and a high risk of heart disease during childhood.
Eating a balanced diet of healthy protein and fats and unprocessed carbohydrates can keep your cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Healthy carbohydrate-containing foods are those that are in their natural forms – fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, avocado, yams, etc.
What better Mother’s Day gift to give to yourself and your future child than the gift of health?