Women

Appears in

The New Vegetarian

The New Vegetarian

By Colin Spencer

Published 1986

  • About
Women have to take special care of themselves during pregnancy and make sure they consume adequate levels of vitamins and minerals. Expectant mothers have expert nutritional advice available to them and vegetarian women are no longer frowned upon as being somehow irresponsible in their choice of diet. In fact, vegetarian expectant mothers have a plus factor in their diet. Folic acid is destroyed in cooking, so vegetarians who are more likely to eat raw foods, will be having plenty of it. Non-vegetarian mothers often lack folic acid and may suffer from anaemia. Vegetarian expectant mothers also eat more fibre. In addition, an interesting discovery is that vegetarian women who do not eat animal products have a higher proportion of polyunsaturated fat in their breast milk.