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Olive oil during Pregnancy

During pregnancy, the needs for vitamins, minerals and nutrients increase tremendously. Olive oil is a source of easily absorbable fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K). Olive oil helps the absorption of those vitamins and provides the essential fatty acids necessary for the development of the fetus. It also promotes digestion and eases constipation common during pregnancy.

Olive oil during Breast Feeding

Breastfeeding mothers who consume olive oil provide babies with essential fatty acids for growth and development. Olive oil is made up of 73% oleic acid, one of the two fatty acids that make up the phospholipids that form cerebral and nervous tissues, and positively aids the cerebral growth in babies. Olive oil’s ratio of linoleic acid (an Omega-6 fatty acid) to linolenic acid (an Omega-3 fatty acid) is similar to that in breast milk. Therefore, for mothers unfit to breastfeed, olive oil can be used as a supplement added into the baby formula.

Olive oil during Childhood

Oleic acid in olive oil promotes bone mineralization and development during childhood. An amount of 1/2 to 2/3 tablespoon daily of olive oil is recommended to be added to the baby’s food or used in its preparation*. However, calorie control is also important.

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