Topic: Is Eating Asparagus Safe During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding?
Love it or hate it — there’s no middle ground when it comes to asparagus. Between the woody stem, the weird little Q-tip head, and the (putting it mildly) strong flavor, this vegetable just isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.
But if it is your cup of tea and you happen to be pregnant, is it OK for you to sauté a fresh bundle of asparagus for dinner? Yes! What about if you’re breastfeeding? Yup, then too!
Asparagus lovers can rest assured that their fave veg doesn’t need to be off the menu during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Still, there are a few things you should keep in mind before you go to town on this quirky — but nutritious! — option.
Asparagus is a member of the lily family of flowering plants and related to onions, leeks, and garlic. Its shoots, or stalks, are what we commonly eat as a vegetable (the more you know, right?!), and it’s green, white, or purple in color depending on the variety.
There’s a reason why you often see asparagus dishes on an Easter buffet table — it’s a spring vegetable, widely available in the United States from about April to July depending on where you live.
That doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on asparagus at other times of the year, just that spring is when it’s in season, i.e., the cheapest and easiest to find in your local supermarket.
Asparagus is 100 percent safe to eat during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Topic Discussed: Is Eating Asparagus Safe During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding?